University of Alabama at Birmingham
Date : 2/1/2012
Our compute power is helping us develop a positive reputation within law enforcement, industrial and scientific circles. Prospective students who hear about our clusters decide to study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham because of them.
Gary Warner, Director of Research in Computer Forensics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
ChallengeThe computer forensics department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) needed a server cluster with storage space for billions of emails and server power to process that many messages.
SolutionThe university rolled out a series of research clusters. Some comprise rack-mounted servers, while others use a blade configuration. All run Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with Intel® Xeon® processors.
Benefits• 100 percent availability for Rushmore cluster since installation
• 8-fold increase in maximum simultaneous users (24 vs. 3 previously)
• 20-fold immediate improvement in server performance
• 80-fold additional improvement in server performance through parallel processing
• 60 percent performance improvement by distributing workload across multiple clusters