"With the computing cluster the university strengthens its reputation for innovative research in the fields of renewable energy, hearing research and quantum chemistry", stated Prof. Dr. Katharina Al-Shamery, Vice President for Research. Using this technology it was possible to develop wind turbines, scientists also used the computing cluster for complex calculations in quantum chemistry, theoretical physics and in other areas of science and computer science. "We can now carry out simulations and calculations that previously would not have been possible."
An example of this is ForWind - the Centre for Wind Energy Research of the University of Oldenburg, Hanover and Bremen. With the computing cluster ForWind can now accurately calculate the flow around rotor blades or compute entire wind turbines and simulate wind farms.
The system includes among other elements 336 IBM System x iDataPlex server as compute nodes. But not only the enormous computing power, but also its energy efficiency and the associated cost savings potential played an important role in the cluster purchase. "Thanks to the low power consumption and the water cooling system, we can save several hundred thousand euro over a five-year period. With this energy efficiency, IBM has outperformed the other HPC vendors", stated Dr. Reinhard Leidl of the Department of Scientific Computing, Faculty V, Mathematics and Physics at the University of Oldenburg.
The mainframe has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU).