Mobile data centre for HPC capabilities despite space constraint
March 20, 2017 / by Rittal Marketing

Sophisticated simulations and renderings require powerful IT resources – either on site, or from the cloud. For these high performance computing (HPC) applications, Rittal offers mobile, standardised, and turn-key on- or off-premises solutions. Plus, hand-in-hand with its partners, Rittal can provide enterprises with secure, cost-efficient HPC as a service (HPCaaS). In short, Rittal enables innovative data centre solutions for HPC for diverse scenarios.

Herborn, 20 March 2017 – Wherever significant processing power is required – e.g. for 3D renderings for filmmaking, simulations for new car models, or research analytics – high-performance computing (HPC) applications come into play. These, in turn, require specialised data centre designs that concentrate vast computational capabilities into a confined environment. However, densely packed IT components generate considerable heat, and need power supply and cooling systems that work reliably and effectively despite space constraints. The result is either a stand-alone mobile data centre, or services provisioned from the Lefdal Mine facility in Norway.

Mobile data centres: big data on the road

Rittal offers a mobile solution for HPC applications – a rapidly deployable turn-key cloud data centre in a container. This features standardised modules, e.g. UPS

systems, and cooling units with outputs of up to 200 kW – ideal for resource-intensive tasks.

As Bernd Hanstein, Vice President, Product Management, IT at Rittal explains, “The mobile container allows enormous volumes of data to be transferred securely and simply from point A to point B – as a result, Rittal can enable flexible HPC services for any scenario.”

At its booth in hall 4 at CeBIT 2017, Rittal is presenting its BCC (Balanced Cloud Centre) container for HPC platforms. Specifically, a BCC consists of five special cloud hardware ‟BLOBs” (binary logic objects), comprising five to ten IT racks – plus components such as servers and storage systems. For CPU-hungry applications, HPC BLOB hardware can be deployed. And where vast storage and memory are required, for example for complex analytics, Big Data BLOBs are available. These can be implemented as an on-premises solution, or provisioned from the cloud. A major advantage of the BCC container solution, in combination with the cloud service, is its exceptional mobility. Data generated across the globe can be safely and easily transferred from the point of origin to the nearest data centre. This is particularly advantageous for big data analyses conducted at remote sites (such as edge computing).

Operations: reliable and cost-efficient

The Lefdal Mine data centre (LMD) is a unique HPC facility. As its name suggests, it was formerly a mine, and comprises 120,000 square metres of tunnels and chambers on the west coast of Norway. LMD benefits from natural protection through the rock formation, and highly controlled, secure physical access. Plus, the data centre is powered exclusively by renewables: it enjoys efficient, cost-effective cooling thanks to sea water

available from a nearby fjord. Rittal is currently supplying modular data centre containers for LMD. Moreover, the enterprise, together with its partners, offers HPC as a service (HPCaaS).

CeBIT: experience emergency cooling first-hand

What happens in these scenarios when cooling units fail? CeBIT visitors can discover the answer at the Rittal booth. Illustrated by means of a TS IT rack fitted with typical components, Rittal will simulate emergency cooling for an HPC cluster. If the climate control system trips, an alert is triggered, and the rack doors automatically open. Ambient air in the data centre can cool the HPC resources for half a minute, buying enough time for rapid, controlled shut-down of the blade cluster.

For further information on emergency cooling, the Lefdal Mine data centre, containers and other solutions for HPC applications, visit Rittal at booth B34, hall 4 at CeBIT 2017.


About Rittal

Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Germany, is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services. Systems made by Rittal are deployed across a variety of industrial and IT applications, including vertical sectors such as the transport industry, power generation, mechanical and plant engineering, IT and telecommunications. Rittal is active worldwide with around 10,000 employees and 58 subsidiaries.

Its broad product range includes infrastructure solutions for modular and energy-efficient data centres with innovative concepts for the security of physical data and systems. Leading software providers EPLAN and Cideon complement the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offer automation systems for switchgear construction.

Founded in Herborn in 1961 and still run by its owner, Rittal is the largest company in the Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group operates worldwide with 18 production sites and 78 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs more than 11,500 people and generated revenues of around €2.2 billion in 2015. In 2016, it was named one of Germany’s leading employers by the Top Employers Institute, for the eighth year running. In a nationwide study, “Focus Money” magazine and the “Stiftung Deutschland Test” found that the Friedhelm Loh Group was one of the best companies for training in 2016.

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