Tuesday, December 8, 2015

News: Iceotope launch system for High Performance Computing

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Iceotope, the hi-tech firm based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, has created a super computer for the University of Derby, funded by Rolls-Royce to aid further collaborative research projects.

Working with the University of Leeds, the enterprise is developing a new system that reduces the power consumed in data centres by using liquid rather than air to provide cooling, eliminating the need for power-hungry fans. The company successfully completed a round of fundraising for $10m last year to help further commercialise its innovative cooling solutions.

Iceotope's patented approach sees components encapsulated in 3M Novec, an inert and environmentally sound coolant.

From its base in the AMP Technology, the firm has recently announced the launch of an entry-level PetaGen system - a liquid cooled system which is ideal for High Performance Computing (HPC) users and facilities.

The system was developed to showcase the company's technology by addressing the heat and cost challenges associated with IT equipment.
The latest machine, which will be housed in the University of Derby's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE), is designed with the cutting edge liquid cooling technology that allows complex calculations to process and large amounts of data to be manipulated without over-heating.

Unlike standard computers, the machine has no fan, is virtually silent in operation and offers high density IT, improved performance and a reduction in energy consumption. This machine design offers one of most energy efficient and the densest systems in the world.

The capabilities of the Iceotope machine will allow the University to support local industry, including its ongoing collaborations with Rolls-Royce. IISE will also achieve its potential to become a local computational hub for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region.

Professor Richard Hall, Director of Research, Innovation and Impact at IISE, said: "Research forms a solid base to Derby’s success, and so keeping up to date with new technologies is critical for the future growth of businesses in our region.

"The Iceotope machine will be used to deliver a number of projects as part of joint activities between Rolls-Royce and the University. As the first machine commercially delivered by Iceotope, it will act as a very important object for research and we look forward to future collaborations."

Iceotope website

Images: Iceotope / University of Derby

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