Boston Limited and CoolIT Systems Join Forces to Sponsor the EPCC Student Team to Win Top Spot in ISC’14 HPC Student Cluster Challenge

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Liquid cooled Boston servers provide competitive performance edge for the EPCC University of Edinburgh in Student Cluster Challenge.

ISC14 Student Cluster Challenge winners, EPCC at University of Edinburgh

Pairing CoolIT’s Rack DCLC technology with Boston’s HPC servers allowed the team to divert more power for compute and less on cooling.

Boston Limited and CoolIT Systems, Inc., would like to congratulate the student team from EPCC at The University of Edinburgh for their first place ranking for the Highest LINPACK in the ISC14 Student Cluster Challenge. This achievement was made possible, in part, with a joint sponsorship by Boston and CoolIT. The student team, led by Xu Guo made their first place mark by recording a score of 3.38 Tflops/kW with the system ranking at an estimated #4 on the Green500 list. It is the 1st time a team has broken the 10 Tflops barrier in under 3kW.

“Pairing CoolIT’s Rack DCLC™ technology with Boston’s HPC servers allowed the team to divert more power for compute and less on cooling,” said Xu Guo of the EPCC team. “The student group was able to reduce the power required for cooling by removing a number of fans from the server and allocating more of their resources to compute nodes.”

“CoolIT is proud to have been a part of the success of the EPCC team,” said Geoff Lyon of CoolIT Systems. “Our partnership with Boston and the dedication of Xu Guo and her crew is what made the win possible.”

“Having participated in the event before, we knew that we had to raise the bar,” said David Power head of HPC at Boston Limited. “We engaged with CoolIT to improve our power efficiency by liquid cooling NVIDIA® K40s. Boston optimized the air cooling to compliment CoolIT's liquid cooling. This is another industry first for Boston demonstrating innovation, and driving efficiency in our solutions for customers.”

Today’s achievement is another reminder of the performance, density, and efficiency made available by Boston HPC systems.

International Super Computing (ISC 14) is the leading conference and exhibition for High Performance Computing, Networking, and Storage.

About CoolIT Systems
CoolIT Systems Inc. is a world leader in direct contact liquid cooling for the Data Center and Desktop markets. As an experienced innovator with 44 patents and more than 1.5 million liquid cooling units deployed, CoolIT brings a wealth of design, engineering, and manufacturing knowledge to the table.

CoolIT's Rack DCLC™ platform is a modular, rack-based, advanced cooling solution that allows for dramatic increases in rack densities, component performance, and power efficiencies. The technology can be deployed with any server and in any rack making it a truly flexible solution that allows for an edge in today's highly competitive marketplace.

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About Boston
With over 20 years of trading within the distribution and OEM marketplace, Boston continues to lead the way in providing the latest high-performance, power-optimized technologies into the data centre, HPC, ISP, Military, VFX, Enterprise and Broadcast markets with multi-award winning server, storage, workstation and clustered solutions. Since the successful launch of Boston IT Solutions (India) Private Limited in 2009, we announced the launch of Boston Server & Storage Solutions GmbH in 2010.

Expansion into both regions has been driven purely by market demand for alternate vendors providing high-performance and high value-add systems. As our global reach continues to expand we plan on opening further global facilities to improve and expand the services we offer. For more information about Boston, please visit and follow @BostonLimited on Twitter.

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