Recognised as one of Germany's top tertiary education institutions, the Freie Universität Berlin is a member of Germany’s Elite University group, and was a highly successful participant in the Federal Government’s German Universities Excellence Initiative. ZEDAT offers students and staff a variety of services, including delivering facilities for High Performance Computing, and providing advice, procurement and maintenance of associated scientific software. ZEDAT’s work supports various research groups engaged in the fields of chemistry, physics, meteorology, neuroscience, medicine, biology and economics.
Mr. Torsten Prill, Director of the ZEDAT Data Center, was influential in specifying the requirements of the new system. As a board member of the ZKI (Association of German Data Center Managers R&E), he also addressed the interests of the wider community which it will serve. In explaining their motivation for the new system, Mr. Prill summarises :
“Our primary objective is to expand both the capability and cost-effectiveness of the high performance computing facilities we offer to our scientific community. In addition, we anticipate that improvements in efficiency will, in turn, increase demand for the HPC resources provided at the University.”
As a new partner to the University, ClusterVision undertook an extensive proof of concept, including several proposal alternatives, application benchmarking, and reference introductions to existing operational facilities such as the cluster developed for the Centre for Scientific Computing at the University of Frankfurt.
“The proposal from ClusterVision achieved the maximum score in our tender process, and represents the best price-performance ratio available for our budget. We were impressed by the innovative components proposed and the services framework that ClusterVision offers,” Dr. Boris Proppe, Head of Scientific Computing Services (SCS) at ZEDAT.
The selected design configuration draws upon ClusterVision’
"We are delighted that Freie Universität Berlin/ZEDAT has selected ClusterVision to lead the design and installation of their new HPC cluster. It is our first installation in the capital of Germany, and we proud to work with FU-Berlin, and to be associated with the Excellence Initiative in the circle of elite universities,"
About the Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of the German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. This strategy is focused around three strategic centers: for cluster development, for international cooperation, and for graduate studies. Development and assessment of research projects takes place within various focus areas such as area studies, Urban Earth System Studies, or Nanosciences. Freie Universität has various offices, in New York, Beijing, New Delhi, Cairo, and Moscow, which provide a platform for international cooperation.
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ClusterVision is specialist in the design, implementation and support of small and large-scale HPC computer clusters. Their clustering technology provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional supercomputers by connecting multiple computers to form a unified and powerful system. ClusterVision's team of experts has designed and built some of the largest and most complex computational, storage and database clusters in Europe. With a background in applied scientific research, and practical experience with a wide range of HPC technologies, the team understands customers' requirements and provides tailor-made solutions.