HP Creates HPC Cluster for US University

IT giant Hewlett-Packard has announced that America's Purdue University is using one of the company's Performance-Optimised Data (POD) centre to house a 1,000-node high-performance computing (HPC) cluster.

The university was looking to expand its research capabilities and improve research delivery time in the fields of nanotechnology, structural biology and atmospheric chemistry, but was constrained by a lack of space, power and finance.

HP agreed to build the HPC cluster and store it in one of its POD centres, allowing the university to consolidate its server clusters and increase its research efficiency.

In a statement, John Campbell, associate vice president of Academic Technologies at Purdue University, said: “With the HP POD, we'll deploy an entire new data centre in a matter of months at a fraction of the cost of a traditional data centre, while being able to support all of our current, as well as anticipated, research initiatives.”

Purdue claims that by using the HP POD, it will be able to expand its research capabilities by more than 50 per cent in a matter of few months, and at a third of the cost of an equivalent traditional solution.