Seneca Builds Custom High Performance Cluster for Brookhaven National Laboratory

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New technology cluster drives research in the Condensed Matter Theory Group

“With our hardware solution and Seneca leading the way in testing, implementation, and project management, we knew it would be a successful implementation”, said Rocky Bullock, Vice President, Quanta QCT

Seneca®, a leading manufacturer of innovative technology solutions has successfully completed a major installation for Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). BNL is a United States Department of Energy research lab that conducts research to excel science and advance technology. The newly deployed compute cluster provides enhanced and expanded research capability along with the necessary resources to scale across multiple projects.

“A large amount of data is required for computation of electronic structure of correlated functional materials”, said Wei Ku, Physicist, Condensed Matter Theory, Brookhaven National Laboratory. “The required amount of memory per core often exceeds the capacity of modern supercomputers or GPU-based systems, which made Seneca’s Beowulf cluster the ideal solution for our computational need”.

“Seneca met on-site with the entire BNL team to explore different solutions to meet their research requirements,” said Michael Smith Senior HPC Market Development Manager, Seneca. “As a result of that meeting, we needed to design a highly dense, rack efficient solution, with a low energy footprint to fill BNL’s requirements. To achieve the level of density required by the project, we reached out to our ecosystem to evaluate a variety of new technologies to offer the best solution, resulting in our engagement with Quanta QCT.”

To achieve the level of compute density necessary to make BNL’s deployment a success, BNL chose Seneca to install the 2U four node solution. The BNL cluster integrated and installed by Seneca consists of:

  • Compute power supplied by the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670
  • Highly dense 2U form factor
  • 8 CPUs per chassis
  • Quanta S810-X52L 2U 4 node server platform

"Quanta QCT collaborated very closely with Seneca from the beginning of the BNL project,” said Rocky Bullock, Vice President, Quanta QCT. “With our hardware solution and Seneca leading the way in testing, implementation, and project management, we knew it would be a successful implementation.”

For more information about Seneca HPC solutions or to receive more information about a custom designed cluster visit or call (888) 843-6916.

About Seneca:
For over 30 years, Seneca has met the needs of customers in diverse industries with original and partnered technology solutions. As a leading U.S.-based Custom Computer Manufacturer, Seneca serves the evolving needs of our Business, Gov/Ed, Digital Security and Surveillance, Digital Signage, Digital Health, and Digital Broadcast customers nationwide. By establishing the highest standards for our products, we forge long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that deliver results. Seneca is best known for our rigorously tested Nexlink brand of custom-built desktops, servers, notebooks and storage devices. Our success is built on service and consistent performance at every stage of the extended technology lifecycle. For more information visit

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