Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a major Australian university with a truly global outlook. Home to nearly 50,000 students, they are providing real-world infrastructure, learning and teaching, and graduate skills to the next generation of change-makers.
The university came to us with the project ‘The Cube’, which is one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display areas. Within QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre, The Cube consists of 48 multi-touch screens that are 2 storeys high. In addition to being a very unique digital experience, this assists the university in communicating research from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts to the public.
QUT takes advantage of cutting-edge IT installation to radically reduce costs and improve performance.
QUT had a current 12x 4RU SGI GPU with a single GTX Card fitted up for a refresh. Their growing 3D AV Platform with 48 touch screens and 5 projectors faced an increasing demand for more computing power to process graphics, images and moving objects. The university also required to get more GPU Cards in a box to save on space and power usage. The new platform had to be suitable for VMware ESXi and also be able to house sound cards and local storage as well.
How We Helped
Digicor was able to work closely with QUT to optimise their solution that the organisation could fully integrate into their unique space-related onsite operations. Our solution was to install 10x 4RU Supermicro systems, each equipped with 4x GPU cards, dual 12 Core 3.2GHz processors, 256GB of RAM and SSDs local storage capability.
We collaboratively provided a better and more cost-performant solution that took care of their business objectives and budget without any sacrifice.
The 4U GPU optimised workstation is a powerful system that caters to the most compute intensive workloads with high performance and extreme optimisation. Capable of enabling massive parallel processing power for applications such as HPC, AI and deep learning, simulation, science and engineering, media and entertainment, and computational finance.
Networking: Integrated IPMI 2.0 and KVM with Dedicated LAN
Drive: 8x Hot-swap 3.5" SAS/SATA drives
PSU: 2200W Titanium Level Redundant Power Supplies
Recommended Configuration: Populated with:
2x Intel Xeon Gold 6146 12-core
8x 32GB DDR4-2666MHz ECC Reg DIMM
4x Intel SSD DC S4500 Series 480GB
4x Supermicro Black Hotswap Gen 6 HDD tray
Supermicro RAID Controller 8-port internal SAS3
With 5 years onsite NBD warranty
This project for ‘The Cube’ installation at the university combined 40 ultra-thin bezels, MultiTaction touch displays with a passive projection surface. Taking advantage of accurate colour matching and advanced rendering tools, QUT has created an immersive corner with outstanding quality. This install is one of the flagship installations in terms of resolution, interactivity and content.
Using graphics virtualization under VMware ESXi, the client now has a much greater compute power with a much smaller footprint and scalability platform delivering data and applications on their 3D AV Project devices.
The solution has significantly reduced their footprint and rack space whilst reducing power bills by nearly half. With the extra GPUs resources available today, QUT is now able to run more applications simultaneously and provide more responsive and interactive 3D objects/graphics.