Liebert Case Study - University of Illinois


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University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conducts highly technical research requiring massive computing performance to support fields ranging from molecular biology to electromagnetic theory. The university decided to update its aging supercomputer array and data center design to provide world-class computing support for its world-class research.

Case Summary
Location: Urbana, Illinois


  • Liebert Deluxe System/3 Data Center Cooling
  • Liebert XDP Pumping Unit
  • Liebert XDV Rack-Top Cooling Modules

Critical Needs
Develop an adaptive data center cooling solution within space and time constraints, for a clustered supercomputer.


  • Fully redundant cooling system supports continuous operation of vital campus supercomputing center.
  • Temperatures are stabilized throughout the rack while computer achieves processing speeds of five teraflops.
  • Highly scalable system enables future expansion.

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Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching and public engagement. Serving nearly 42,000 students annually, the university offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs of study.

“The system has been great, and we haven’t had any problems,” Dick says. “And it’s very scalable, which will allow us to adapt to future needs.”
William A. Dick, executive director (right), Computational Science and Engineering program, University of Illinois
Tom Durbin, design engineer (left), Faciltiy and Services Department,University of Illinois