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Cornell gets big Unisys server

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Nov 04, 20032 mins
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* Cornell University uses 24-processor Unisys server for statistical analysis

Cornell University last week announced it has installed a 24-processor Unisys ES7000 server, which it will use for memory-intensive statistical analysis to support its study of social welfare and its relationship to politics and society.

The Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) beta-tested a variety of 64-bit applications and settled on SAS 9 running on Windows Server 2003 Data Center. To run the software, it chose the Unisys ES7000, which is made up of Intel Xeon and Itanium processors.

CISER assists faculty members in preparing proposals for external funding, providing access to an archive of numeric data sets and providing a computing environment for data access, storage and statistical analysis software.

The university claims the data sets it is using are so large (some are 15G bytes in size) that they have had to be split up across multiple servers.

Cornell said it wanted a system that could support the high-powered analysis application as well as about 600 users accessing 32-bit applications. The new server steps in to replace the workload of 12 previous servers. Now the organization has a 64-bit server with 5 terabytes of storage. The ES7000 will be partitioned into two sectors, with 16 Intel Xeon MP processors on one side and eight Itanium 2 processors on the other. The ES7000 is connected to an EMC storag-area network.

CISER expects to increase its computing power by as much as 70% with the Unisys ES7000.

CISER is the second Cornell facility to use 64-bit technologies to enhance its research capabilities, following the Cornell Theory Center’s adoption of Itanium 2.