Data Center Case Study - University of Illinois


University of Illinois


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 Situation

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.


  • 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.
"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 and Tom Durbin, design engineer (left), Faciltiy and Services Department,University of Illinois
Case Summary
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Products and Services: 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.

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