Liebert Case Study - Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech

When Virginia Tech initiated plans to build a supercomputer by clustering hundreds of desktop computers, it had ambitious goals for the performance of the new system and a very aggressive schedule. The final plan involved a cluster of 1,100 64-bit Power Mac G5 dual-processor computers. If successful, this cluster would significantly expand the university’s capabilities and enable it to simulate the behavior of natural or human-engineered systems, rather than relying on observation or physical modeling. But the cluster created significant data center cooling challenges that could not be addressed through traditional approaches.

Case Summary
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia


  • Liebert XD cooling system
  • Liebert Foundation® racks

Critical Needs
Provide focused high-capacity data center cooling for supercomputer cluster.


  • Eliminated the need to build a new data center for the supercomputer.
  • Optimized energy efficiency and space utilization.
  • Fast response from Liebert and other partners enabled the project to stay on an aggressive schedule and qualify as the world’s third-fastest supercomputer.

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech, is a comprehensive university of national and international prominence. With about 25,000 full-time students and the home of groundbreaking research, Virginia Tech produces worldclass scholarship in a challenging academic environment.

“It was clear that traditional approaches to cooling would not be sufficient by themselves. Fortunately, Liebert had a solution.”
Kevin Shinpaugh, director of research and cluster computing, Virginia Tech