The University of Exeter is one of the world’s top 150 universities according to the Times Higher Education ranking. It has over 22,000 students from 130 countries and 4,600 staff across three main campuses. In 2016 the university decided to invest in a new High Performance Computing (HPC) facility to support a diverse range of research, from the traditional HPC user base in physical sciences, through to the burgeoning requirements in life sciences and new requirements in digital humanities.
Instead of adopting an outsourced compute model, the university decided to build its own data centre to act as the critical infrastructure for its proprietary HPC system, called Isca. Isca provides a next-generation research computing environment, combining traditional HPC with a private cloud infrastructure. This would allow it to ensure its specific research requirements and capacity challenges were met and give it new opportunities to build partnerships with other universities, including the GW4 consortium, and industrial partners.
The new facility would be built next to the current data centre, and there could be no disruption to the current live environment whilst works took place. In tandem with the delivery of the new data centre, another live project was in progress nearby – the delivery of a 10-storey building for the Life Sciences Institute.
Keysource was appointed because it has considerable expertise in delivering HPC-related projects and had a track record in meeting tight project deadlines in live environments without disruption to existing services.
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