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Université Montpellier 2: Educated Decision Making

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Université Montpellier 2: Educated Decision Making

Université Montpellier 2 turns to Intel and IBM for future-proof, high-performance, energy-efficient computing

The history of France’s Université Montpellier 2 can be traced back to 1809. In fact, the wider university is one of the oldest in Europe with a faculty that was established in 1222. Today, Université Montpellier 2 is a multi-discipline institute where intensive research is led, in collaboration with leading research organizations (CNRS, INSERM, INRA, IRD, CIRAD), and where all scientific and technological subjects are addressed. It has approximately 15,000 students in several teaching departments and three institutes of technology offering two-year vocational courses. It includes a faculty of science, a business administration institute and an engineering school. The university was building a new computer center and wanted to ensure state-of-the-art computing technology for researchers, students, and commercial partners.

Challenges
• The best:
Université Montpellier 2 wanted to implement the most advanced technology available to ensure it had a state-of-the-art high-performance computing (HPC) center
• Future performance:
The university needed to ensure high memory throughput to enable parallel programming and future software optimization
• Efficient:
Relatively low power consumption was also a priority
Solutions
• Explore the options:
It sought technology advice from other European high-performance data centers
• The top:
Comparative benchmark tests showed higher performance and energy-efficiency for the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series than for rival processors

Read the full Université Montpellier Case Study.