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HPC upgrade for seat of learning

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The UK’s University of Nottingham has upgraded its high-performance computing (HPC) centre with Panasas ActiveStor 12 storage in a 240-terabyte deployment. The new cluster is used by numerous departments across the university, including computer science, pharmacy and engineering.

The university, ranked in the UK's top 10 in the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) World University Rankings and within the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings, first upgraded to Panasas in 2007 when it purchased an ActiveStor 7 solution to overcome performance problems associated with its previous system.

Researchers in the physical and theoretical chemistry department, whose work includes the simulation of proteins to understand diseases and enable the development of drugs to help fight or prevent them, are among the most demanding users of the HPC centre. Their simulation of the motion of proteins is a complex task that can involve trillions of time-steps to map each movement of every protein, requiring a high-performance compute cluster and parallel storage.

'We are delighted that the University of Nottingham chose Panasas to satisfy its HPC storage requirements,' said Barbara Murphy, chief marketing officer at Panasas. 'ActiveStor gives the university unmatched performance, scalability and reliability without complex and time-consuming system management. We look forward to continuing to work with the university, as well as our many other academic customers in the region.'