Boston Limited & CoolIT join forces to sponsor the EPCC student team to win top spot in ISC'14 HPC Student Cluster Challenge

25 Jun 2014 Leipzig - Boston Limited and CoolIT Systems Inc. are congratulating the student team from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh for their 1st place ranking for the Highest LINPACK in the ISC14 Student Cluster Challenge. This achievement was made possible, in part, with a joint sponsorship by Boston and CoolIT. The student team, led by Xu Guo made their first place mark by recording a score of 3.38 Tflops/kW with the system ranking at an estimated #4 on the Green500 list. It is the first time a team has broken the 10 Tflops barrier in under 3kW.

"Pairing CoolIT's Rack DCLC technology with Boston's HPC servers allowed the team to divert more power for compute and less on cooling", stated Xu Guo of the EPCC team. "The student group was able to reduce the power required for cooling by removing a number of fans from the server and allocate more of their resources to compute nodes."

"CoolIT is proud to have been a part of the success of the EPCC team", stated Geoff Lyon of CoolIT Systems. "Our partnership with Boston and the dedication of Xu Guo and her crew is what made the win possible."

"Having participated in the event before, we knew that we had to raise the bar", stated David Power head of HPC at Boston Limited. "We engaged with CoolIT to improve our power efficiency by liquid cooling NVIDIA K40 GPU's. Boston optimized the air cooling to compliment CoolIT's liquid cooling. This is another industry first for Boston demonstrating innovation, and driving efficiency in our solutions for customers."

This achievement is another reminder of the performance, density, and efficiency made available by Boston HPC systems.
Source: CoolIT Systems