Video Tour: Supercomputer at Southampton

The University of Southampton recently launched the Iridis 3 supercomputer, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK. The system, which uses IBM iDataPlex rackmount servers and includes more than 8,000 cores, debuted at number 74 in the Nov. 2009 Top 500 list. The iDataPlex features a half-depth form factor that reduces the airflow required across the components, lowering the power while providing twice the number of servers in the same space as a standard 42U rack. This video from a UK news report provides a closer look at this supercomputer. It runs about 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

For more coverage of information about supercomputing, check out our High Performance Computing Channel. For additional video, check out our DCK video archive and the Data Center Videos channel on YouTube.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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