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Coventry University enhances its research capabilities by implementing vSMP Foundation software

ScaleMP™, the leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, today announced that Coventry University, an innovative educational institution in the UK, has dramatically reduced costs and improved research capabilities by implementing the vSMP Foundation for SMP™ software in the Automotive Engineering Applied Research Group. Since deploying the vSMP Foundation software, Coventry University has reduced CAPEX and OPEX, and found the solution easier to manage, offering the flexibility to run different types of applications in its virtualized environments (e.g., OpenMP, MPI, legacy code, etc) as well as significantly better performance than the traditional high performance computing (HPC) system Coventry previously had in place.

To keep up with the increased demand from faculty and students focusing on cutting edge research in the Automotive Engineering Applied Research Group, Coventry’s computation center began looking to upgrade its HPC infrastructure. As part of this initiative, the computation center decided to add additional symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) capability for running large simulations requiring large memory in addition to running distributed (MPI-parallel) applications. While Coventry University wanted to move to an x86 architecture-based infrastructure to lower hardware costs, it seemed impossible to avoid having to invest in separate cluster infrastructure as well as in an SMP system to address its computing requirements. Dr. Jim Tabor, head of the university’s HPC computation center, evaluated vSMP Foundation from ScaleMP for its ability to aggregate multiple server nodes into a single virtual system and provide a very flexible platform that could not only support large shared memory applications, but also parallel applications on the same underlying IT infrastructure. Competing SMP offerings considered by Coventry were either prohibitively expensive or significantly less capable and not as scalable.

“We are scientists, not IT experts. We need a system that works well with our software and frees up time to allow us to focus on what we consider to be the most demanding theoretical and modeling problems. We want the system to work flawlessly at a high level of performance so that we are unaware of it,” said Dr. Carol Roberts, research fellow in the Automotive Engineering Applied Research Group at Coventry University. “Thanks to ScaleMP’s aggregation platform, we have a very versatile system that performs well with a wide range of applications. By providing a single virtual system, vSMP Foundation technology significantly reduces the IT complexity and enables access to large shared memory for our most demanding larger simulations when needed.”

“We are very happy to be able to support the advanced research that Coventry University is performing in their Automotive Engineering Applied Research Group,” said Shai Fultheim, founder and CTO of ScaleMP. “With vSMP Foundation, Coventry University receives the best of both worlds – the operational simplicity of a large system with the cost economics of a cluster solution. Our solution, in addition to providing the customer much greater flexibility, has significantly better performance than the Itanium solution it replaces.”

About vSMP Foundation

vSMP Foundation aggregates multiple industry-standard off-the-shelf Intel Architecture servers into one single virtual high-end system for the high-performance computing (HPC) market. vSMP Foundation provides customers with an alternative to traditional expensive symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) systems and also offers simplified clustering infrastructure with a single operating system. It supports aggregation of up to 16 servers into a single virtual SMP system, providing customers with:

· Up to 4 TB of shared memory for large memory requirements

· Up to 128 cores virtual SMP, proven scalability and record-breaking memory bandwidth

· Ease of use and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for applications, with simplified cluster management and storage architecture

· Improved utilization through a centralized and consolidated architecture

About ScaleMP

ScaleMP is the leader in virtualization for high-end computing, providing maximum performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The innovative Versatile SMP™ (vSMP) architecture aggregates multiple x86 systems into a single virtual x86 system, delivering an industry-standard, high-end symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) computer. Using software to replace custom hardware and components, ScaleMP offers a new, revolutionary computing paradigm. The company is backed by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TL Ventures and ABS Ventures

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