The University of Toronto’s SciNet Supercomputer Datacenter combines massive power (it’s number 53 on the Top 500 list) with exceptional energy efficiency, with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.16, according to university scientists. SciNet features an unusual design combining IBM’s iDataPlex server and Cool Blue rear-door heat exchanger, which allows the university to run high-density cabinets with minimal room air conditioning. SciNet will soon be expanded with a 30,000-core system using iDataPlex servers with the Xeon 5500 (Nehalem) processor, Intel’s new high-power, low-energy chip. This video provides an overview of SciNet and its technology, and runs about 6 minutes.
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