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HPC @ Uni.lu

High Performance Computing in Luxembourg

The UL HPC platform is scattered among two sites (Kirchberg in Luxembourg and Belval in Esch-sur-Alzette) and 3 server rooms detailed below.

Belval Campus

LCSB Building (Biotech I)

The LCSB building hosts the most recent server room which is nearly completely dedicated to the Gaia cluster.

  • LCSB Server room Characteristics…

    • Opening date: 2010
    • 14 APC Standard racks Netshelter SX 42U 750mm Wide * 1200mm Deep Enclosure
    • Area: 110.7 m²
    • Total power: 200kW (160kW for the UL HPC)
      • 4 “High power” racks (30kW)
      • 8 “Low Power” racks (4 powered at 8kW, 4 at 10kW)
      • 2 racks at 6 kW
    • Argonite-based (50% azote, 50% argon) fire-extinction system
    • APC in-Row Cooling implementation

(Incoming in 2016) Maison du savoir

In 2016, the Maison du savoir will host 5 new server rooms dedicated to the UL HPC, divided as follows:

  • Zone 01 (storage components): 29 racks (powered at 10kW each), 119.86 m²
  • Zone 02 (storage components): 20 racks (powered at 10kW each), 87.88 m²
  • Zone 03 (computing components): 26 racks (powered at 40kW each), 90 m²
  • Zone 04 (computing components): 26 racks (powered at 40kW each), 92 m²
  • Zone 05 (storage components): 32 racks (powered at 10kW each), 127.5m²

Kirchberg Campus

CS.43 server room

  • CS.43 Characteristics…

    • Opening date: 2009
    • 14 APC Standard racks Netshelter SX 42U 750mm Wide * 1200mm Deep Enclosure
    • Area: 130m²
    • Most racks host SIU servers
    • UL HPC racks are designed at 14kW
    • Argonite-based (50% azote, 50% argon) fire-extinction system
    • APC in-Row Cooling implementation
    • Most racks host SIU servers
    • UL HPC racks are designed at 14kW

AS.28 server room

This is the historical server room that used to host the first cluster in 2007, more precisely the k-cluster-* and the b-cluster-* nodes (now deprecated) of the Chaos cluster. In 2009, facing cooling issues, a single APC rack (18kW) was installed to host the new elements of the cluster.