University of Rostock
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Prof. Ralf Ludwig‘s basic research in theoretical physical chemistry involves extremely CPU- and storage-intensive computer simulations. In fact, they are so demanding that using the university’s computing centre to carry them out was not feasible. Having a suitable cluster system at his disposal was the ideal solution but wiring together a cluster out of conventional PCs would result in a system that was vulnerable to failure and that would have a large maintenance overhead.
The challenge: A highly stable, readily scalable cluster system was needed that could run uninterrupted for months on end. In addition, it was to be capable of carrying out Prof. Ludwig‘s computations without costly and time-consuming modifications.