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70X Faster Supercomputers = Faster Time to Market

“Our supercomputers and our relationship with Nor-Tech have been a huge value for us. We are able to increase our speed of learning and running experiments.”

Senior Staff Engineer, Leading International Technology Hardware Developer

Their Challenge

Through simulation, the client’s research center tests technology products for properties such as heat, vibration and reliability before they go to market.

Nor-Tech Senior Account Manager Tom Morton has been working directly with the client’s Principal Technology Program Manager and Senior Staff Engineer since 2017. During this time, Nor-Tech has provided supercomputers to the company’s national and international headquarters.

The client purchased the first CPU HPC supercomputer from Nor-Tech in order to quickly bring an exciting new technology to market.  In March 2018, they decided to add GPU processors. They were so happy with the improvement in speed that, a month later, they asked Nor-Tech to double the compute power with a second identical supercomputer that would accommodate rapidly increasing use.

Our Solution

It was the Senior Staff Engineer that set the upgrade and additional supercomputer order in motion. “The purpose of the clusters is to run simulation software, simulating the recording process,” he said. “I asked for the new cluster because we wanted the usual code that we run on CPUs to process faster. We figured that if we added new GPUs we could accelerate it 70 times.”

Since there were no major problems with the first supercomputer, the client was confident working with Nor-Tech to expand and clone it. “It was a rush project,” Tom said.  “We had to work within a tight timeline. They needed it about a month from the time they ordered it, which was a challenge due to the custom software installation and configuration.”

In the end, both clusters had 112 CPUs and 56 GPUs.

Their Success

After the Installation, Tom followed up in person with the Senior Staff Engineer to check-in and make sure everything was running smoothly. “It was successful due to the communication between both companies, from the proposal stage, to expediting the order and the follow-through,” Tom said.

The Senior Staff Engineer agreed. “We haven’t had any hardware issues with either cluster, only software issues occasionally,” he said, “Nor-Tech is very familiar with Linux and has been very responsive.”

According to the Senior Staff Engineer, both supercomputers did prove to be 70 times faster than the original.  “Our supercomputers and our relationship with Nor-Tech have been a huge value for us,” he explained. “We are able to increase our speed of learning and running different experiments. I would recommend Nor-Tech for a number of reasons; the hardware is cost-effective and affordable for us, everything has been delivered in a timely manner and support has been great. We are committed to working with Nor-Tech for HPC.”

Tom summarized, “We value our relationship with all of our clients and this client in particular. We really enjoyed working with their entire technology team”

 

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