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Columbia University, HP, Intel: Improves Research

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Columbia University, HP, Intel: Improves Research

Exponential Improvement in Center’s Computational Research with HP Servers

The 464-node “Titan” cluster at Columbia University uses HP BladeSystem to boost performance by 10x and reduce annual power costs by $95,000.

Objective

Deploy a single, large, general-purpose cluster while minimizing space, power, and cooling requirements.

Approach

Standardize on HP ProLiant* BladeSystem server blades, HP ProCurve* switches, and HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO2)* for remote management.

IT improvements
• Hundreds of IT administrator hours saved on basic server management tasks
• 10x performance improvement over next-fastest system
• 15 to 20% performance improvement in jobs
• 100x faster server updates
• 50% reduction in administrator visits to physical clusters
• 40% reduction in power consumption

Business outcomes
• $95,000 USD annual savings in power and cooling costs
• $110,000 USD saved in rack and chiller costs compared to other vendor solutions
• Expense of two full-time hires avoided using HP iLO2
• Enhanced ability to attract and retain top researchers and projects

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