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.
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
- Liebert XD cooling system
- Liebert Foundation® racks
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.
To read more, download the Virginia Tech case study.