EYP MCF Designs One of the World’s Most Powerful Supercomputing Facility

EYP Mission Critical Facilities was the design lead for the recently completed Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff July 16, 2007

EYP Mission Critical Facilities (EYP MCF)ices and systems. When it went online in May, it was ranked the second fastest computer (university-based) and seventh fastest overall in the world. How fast? The IBM BlueGene/L system will provide more than 90 teraflops of computing power (which is more than the originally planned 70 teraflops) andit can handle 15,000 calculations per second for every person in the world.

Since 1993, The Top 500 has been providing a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice a year, a list of the 500 sites operating the most powerful computer systems is assembled and released. This latest list, which ranked RPI, was released on June 17, during the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany. To view entire list, visit top500.org.

As for CCNI, this new supercomputing facility consists of approximately 4,500ill be approximately 7,500 sq. ft. of office area and 7,500 sq. ft. of mechanical and electrical support space. The high-density supercomputing servers are cooled with air delivered by perimeter Computer Room Air Handlers (CRAHs) in an N + 25% configuration. The chilled water system is designedin an N + 1 configuration to support concurrent maintenance. A portion of the servers (file storage) are backed up with a 200-kW UPS and batteries, as well as a 200-kW standby generator to allow for an orderly shutdown in the event of a power outage.

“When we originally sat down with RPI to first discuss this initiative, it quickly became apparent that the most important drivers for this project were not Tier IV reliability (as defined by the Uptime Institute),tilizing our mission critical expertise for operational continuity now and planned increases in reliability for the future,” said Ken Clausen, project manager for EYP MCF.