About the project
The University of Leicester (UoL) is ranked 21st out of 766 universities in the world, in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking, placing it in the top 3%.
Its research is judged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment.
Keysource has worked with the university for over ten years delivering a number of HPC transformational projects.
UoL appointed Keysource to lead the transformation of its Computer Centre Data Centre located on campus.
It followed an increase in the need for high performance computing driven in part by the growth in research initiatives such as DiRAC, ALICE and space exploration projects.
The transformation included the doubling of capacity and the adoption of a large amount of direct liquid cooling, into an existing air-cooled environment.
This was a fundamental shift from a consistent approach to High Performance Cooling (HPC) with air cooled technology to a Direct Liquid Cooled (DLC) solution from HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise). It was the first deployment of its kind for a higher education organisation in the UK and Europe.
The solution utilises DLC technology which is direct liquid to server rather other forms of immersive cooling currently on the market. This involves incorporating the addition of the DLC directly onto the existing chilled water system and working in tandem with the air-cooled systems.