Nor-Tech — Case Study – Simulation and Research – Intel
70X Faster Supercomputers = Faster Time to Market
“We are only working with Nor-Tech for HPC. The Intel hardware is excellent in terms of cost/performance for us, everything has been delivered in a timely manner and the support has been great.”
–Senior Staff Engineer, Leading International Technology Hardware Developer
Their Client’s Challenge
The Senior Staff Engineer set the upgrade and additional supercomputer order in motion. “The purpose of the clusters is to run simulation software, simulating the recording process,” the engineer 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 processors we could accelerate it 70 times.”
Nor-Tech Senior Account Manager Tom Morton has been working directly with this client and their Technology Program Manager and Senior Staff Engineer for several years. During this time, Nor-Tech has provided supercomputers integrated with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors to this client’s national headquarters, several U.S. locations and also overseas.
One of the locations purchased their first CPU supercomputer from Nor-Tech in order to bring a new technology to market in 2016. More recently, they decided to add the latest Intel Xeon Scalable 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.
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.
After the Installation, Tom followed up in person with the 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,” he said.
The engineer agrees. “We haven’t had any hardware issues with either cluster, only software issues occasionally. Nor-Tech is very familiar with the hardware and software and has been very responsive.”
According to the engineer, both of the supercomputers did prove to be 70 times faster than the original. “We are able to increase our speed of learning and running different experiments,” she explained. “It has been a huge value for us. We are only working with Nor-Tech for HPC. Getting support is easy and if it needs to be tested onsite we visit to Nor-Tech and test it before they ship it. I would recommend Nor-Tech; the Intel hardware provides excellent cost/performance, everything has been delivered in a timely manner and support has been great.”
Tom summarized, “We value our relationship with this client and enjoy working with their entire technology team.”
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