Dell EMC builds high-performance computer for eResearch South Australia

Dell EMC builds high-performance computer for eResearch South Australia

The company has also deployed cloud infrastructure on VMware

Dell EMC has built a high-performance computer (HPC) and research cloud infrastructure, called Tango, for research data service provider eRSA.

eRSA is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 that provides high-performance computing, data management and storage, research collaboration, and visualisation services for researchers in South Australia.

Its members include the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University.

Tango was built to enable collaboration and innovation among researchers across South Australia and will replace eRSA’s existing HPC, Tizard.

Tango comprises of Dell Servers connected with Dell Z9100-ON 100GbE Software Defined Network (SDN) switches and purpose-built applications for high-performance data centre and computing environments.

The HPC includes Dell PE R730 Servers with Intel Xeon Processors E5-2690 v4 35M Cache 2.70 GHz, 32GB RDIMM 2400MT/s DDR4 SDRAM, 200GB SSD 6Gbps and Mellanox ConnectX-4 Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP.

The cloud infrastructure has Dell PE R730xd Servers connected with Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v4 35M Cache 2.40 GHz, 32GB RDIMM 2400MT/s DDR4 SDRAM, 1.6TB SSD 6Gbps, 6TB 7.2K RPM NLSAS and Mellanox ConnectX-4 Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP.

“It [Tango HPC] combines compute, storage, networking and the scientific software stack into a single platform that is easy to use and highly-secure,” Dell EMC A/NZ high performance computing lead, Andrew Underwood, said.

The research cloud was built on VMware Cloud Foundation fully managed by the VMware vRealize Suite. Dell EMC Avamar and Dell EMC Data Domain provide back up and data protection.

“Tango allows researchers and commercial clients alike to process large amounts of data quickly and easily, and the software defined network capability provides a secure environment to work in,” eRSA infrastructure manager, Paul Bartczak, said.

“Working with Dell EMC, we also ensured that TANGO is highly scalable, which means it can scale easily to keep up with increased user demand.”

On 16 August, Dell EMC announced a $4 million deal to provide the Swinburne University of Technology with a supercomputer that includes Dell EMC HPC Storage.

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