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University project invokes wisdom and craft

ClusterVision, a specialist in high-performance computing, has announced the successful completion of Minerva, the latest-generation HPC cluster at the University of Nottingham.

Minerva represents a significant progression of the existing capability from the previous 'Jupiter' systems. Inspiration for the name of the latest system originates from Minerva, the daughter of Jupiter and the patron goddess of wisdom and craft.  

As the prime contractor for the design, build and management of the Minerva system, ClusterVision managed a collaboration of 17 hardware and software partners. Key contributors included Dell, Intel, Qlogic, Nvidia, Panasas, Bright Computing, Altair Engineering and Allinea.

ClusterVision proposed the design and performance of a system based on a combination of hardware, software and service components which would surpass the functional requirements, together with a vision of the long-term benefit that such a system and collaborative partnership would have on the University and its extended scientific user community.

'The ClusterVision solution won out in a very close competitive tender process, as the technology was judged to be the best match to our requirements,' said Colin Bannister, senior HPC development officer at the university. 

'In addition, ClusterVision and their selected partners showed a real commitment to collaborate with the university – not only to deliver excellent hardware and software, but also a service package that met our specific requirements,' he added.

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