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Queen Mary University of London ranks 8th in the 10 Node Challenge

Congratulations to our client, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) who has ranked 8th place on the 10 Node Challenge, part of the IO500 Awards at SC18.


The IO500 is quickly becoming the de-facto benchmarking standard for HPC storage, showcasing the world’s fastest HPC infrastructures based on two critical components, bandwidth and metadata operations. Developed two years ago, the IO500 has released three official lists so far.


When speaking to Thomas King, Assistant Director for Research in IT Services at QMUL about the win, he said: “It’s really exciting that our recently purchased E8 Storage system serving IBM Spectrum Scale to our new Lenovo HPC nodes, has achieved 8th place as it demonstrates our commitment to continually strive for excellence. This will make a huge improvement in our scientists’ ability to process and analyse particularly genomic data. It’s also a great demonstration of how the University is investing in cutting-edge research equipment from OCF to benefit our researchers and students.”


At OCF, we couldn’t be prouder that this is something that we have helped achieve. In fact, after a recent software upgrade and hardware installation, it’s likely that QMUL will have gone up another ranking so we can’t wait for the next announcement.


By Mahesh Pancholi, Research Computing and Life Sciences Specialist, OCF