Data processing, data management and data storage provider, OCF plc, has massively expanded its HPC On-Demand service, enCORE. It can now deliver up to 8,000 cores of vital processing power to a wide range of business sectors in the UK and beyond.
The expansion of the service follows a newly signed agreement between OCF and the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre. The Centre is a research collaboratory in association with IBM launched in 2012, which was formed as a result of a £37.5 million investment by the UK government.
The enCORE service will use additional processing power from The Hartree Centre’s “Blue Wonder”, a new IBM System x iDataPlex cluster comprising 8,192 Intel Xeon E5-2670 processor cores. Tests show that the Blue Wonder iDataPlex cluster can achieve 206.3 teraFLOPS. Its 48 TB shared memory capacity also makes it the largest shared memory cluster in the UK. BlueWonder was installed and configured by OCF in partnership with IBM.