Gompute harnesses sophisticated IBM high performance computing

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Owned and operated by Swedish systems integrator Gridcore AB, ...

Owned and operated by Swedish systems integrator Gridcore AB,
Gompute on Demand delivers high-performance computing (HPC)
resources on demand for technical and scientific users. The company
offers support for most of the commercial and free applications used
to simulate fluid dynamics, stress analysis, computational chemistry
and visualization. Gompute also provides specialized training for its
users, enabling them to get maximum benefit from the HPC resources
available.

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  • IBM Systems and Technology Group Computer ServicesCase Study Gompute harnesses sophisticated IBM high performance computing Driving complex simulations within the cloud Owned and operated by Swedish systems integrator Gridcore AB, Gompute on Demand delivers high-performance computing (HPC) Overview resources on demand for technical and scientific users. The company Business challenge offers support for most of the commercial and free applications used Gompute provides high-performance to simulate fluid dynamics, stress analysis, computational chemistry computing services for a remarkable range of customers, who run complex and visualization. Gompute also provides specialized training for its and workload-intensive simulations users, enabling them to get maximum benefit from the HPC resources involving huge amounts of data. To available. attract new customers and retain existing ones, Gompute continually strives to find ways to boost performance, which helps Demands of running complex simulations customers to stay ahead of competitors Gompute’s clients include companies that are pushing the boundaries with faster, more detailed simulations, of technology, modeling fluid dynamics and material stress. These while keeping costs low. simulations are designed to help enhance the durability and Solution functionality of consumer, medical and industrial products, for Gompute created a cluster based on example. Research and development teams need to be able to run 336 IBM® System x® iDataPlex® dx360 M3 nodes, with IBM Rear Door Heat complex simulations involving huge amounts of data, which call on eXchanger water cooling and Qlogic large quantities of computational power. Obtaining more accurate True Scale QDR Infiniband switches results from these simulations in shorter spans of time helps Gompute’s and Interconnect to deliver huge computational power to its clients. IBM clients to stay ahead of their competitors. To attract new customers and General Parallel File System (GPFS™) is retain existing ones, Gompute continually strives to find ways to boost used to ensure high-speed access to the performance. The challenge for Gompute was to find a computing large amount of data Gompute’s clients need to drive their simulations. platform that could fulfill these expectations for greater performance while keeping costs low. The company’s customers are provided with a comprehensive HPC environment including 3D remote visualization. This enables the easy use of a wide range of open-source and commercial applications provided on ready-to-use high-performance computing resources, accessible either via a web interface or a thin client. Selecting IBM System x iDataPlex Working closely with IBM, Gompute implemented four IBM System x iDataPlex racks, each with 84 IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M3 servers, for a total of 336 computational nodes running the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system. Powered by a total of 4,032 of the latest Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series cores, the solution offers outstanding performance in a uniquely compact design. For a HPC services provider this is ideal, enabling Gompute to enjoy the benefits
  • IBM Systems and Technology Group Computer ServicesCase Study of accelerated processing packed into the same power and cooling envelope as traditional servers. The innovative, half-depth form-factor Business Benefits of the IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M3 reduces the airflow required • Expected to improve Gompute’s power across the components, lowering the required power and cost of usage effectiveness in relation to cooling cooling. its datacenter by 25 percent. • Tens of terabytes of data can quickly The IBM System x iDataPlex was also fitted with a liquid-cooled IBM and easily be integrated into clients’ Rear Door Heat eXchanger, offering a cost-efficient, quieter alternative simulations, delivering more accurate conclusions up to 50 percent faster than to fans. In addition, its design helps maximize the usable storage space before. in Gompute’s datacenter, enabling the company to deploy higher rack power servers while avoiding the cost of renovating or moving datacenter. TrueScale Qlogic QDR Infiniband switches provide high- speed, low-latency connections. Building a high-speed storage area network Gompute created a storage area network (SAN) based on IBM System Storage DS3524 Express storage systems. The SAN is managed using IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS), a high-performance enterprise file management tool which helps guarantee Gompute’s clients high-speed access to the large amounts of data they require to drive their simulations. IBM GPFS removes all practical limits on the size of data sets and storage that can be managed. Gompute is handling very large data sets – with some currently as big as 400 GB – and the company’s total storage pool continues to grow. With IBM GPFS, Gompute is simply able to plug in new hardware without the need to re-configure its entire file system. Engaging IBM Global Financing enables Gompute to acquire the new infrastructure and enjoy the benefits of the new solution while reducing risk to the business. Enjoying the benefits Before implementing the IBM System x iDataPlex, the power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of the datacenter was 1.6, meaning that for every watt consumed by the computing resources, a further 0.6 watt was required for cooling. Gompute believes that the in-built energy efficiency features of the IBM System x iDataPlex along with the innovative water-cooling from the IBM Rear Door Heat eXchanger can be expected to drive this figure down to an impressive 1.2. Gompute can pass on these savings to clients, helping the company stay highly competitive in the HPC services sector. With many clients setting the company targets for energy efficiency, meeting these expectations will be easier than ever, helping to increase client retention. The IBM solution provides the greater computational power that Gompute’s clients require to drive increasingly complex and workload- intensive simulations, helping to uncover new insights, sooner. For example, for some simulations involving the reading and writing of large files, Gompute can offer clients a 50 percent increase in performance with the new solution. The rock-solid resiliency of
  • IBM Systems and Technology Group Computer ServicesCase Study the IBM System x iDataPlex and IBM System Storage technologies ensures that service level agreements are met and Gompute retains its Solution Components reputation for reliable HPC services. Software • IBM® General Parallel File System The high flexibility of the IBM solution made it the ideal platform (GPFS™) for Gompute to deploy its proprietary software stack to dynamically • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server allocate resources to clients as and when they need it. Along with IBM Hardware GPFS, Gompute can use this software to ensure clients are charged on • IBM System x® iDataPlex® dx360 a pay-as-you-use basis, a key differentiator in the HPC services market. • IBM System Storage® DS3524 Express Moreover, the exceptional scalability of the IBM System x iDataPlex Services and IBM System Storage technologies means that as demand for • IBM Global Financing Gompute’s services grow, the company can easily scale up resources to meet it. For more information To learn more about IBM System x, contact your IBM sales representative or visit: ibm.com/systems/x To learn more about products, services and solutions from Gompute, visit: www.gompute.com
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