For nearly a century, Australia’s leading science and technology research institute,
CSIRO, has been improving the lives of people everywhere with science.
Through inventions and innovations, CSIRO gives a significant positive impact such as fast fast WiFi,
polymer banknotes, the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet and Aerogard.
This project was in collaboration with CSIRO’s radio astronomy, deep space tracking,
and communication activities departments. The company handles data workloads
that relate to space science coordination, advanced aerospace business development
and national/international facilities management. With such a unique and exclusive in-house workload,
the company looked at building a solution from the ground up with DiGiCOR and other vendors in conversation.
Hence, this allowed us to integrate many reliable and high-quality systems with the company and help gain the trust of our client.
Acquire a solution that they had preconfigured from the ground-up, to tackle the astronomy workloads
Obtain a system that provides significant computing and processing power
Flexible and scalable system
HOW WE HELPED
Worked together to obtain an alternative (FPGA) to their initial technology proposal (GPU) for internal number crunching
Locally drive highly scalable and flexible solutions within Australia
Provided a better and more cost-performant solution whilst still fulfilling their needs
The FPGA we recommended provides responsiveness and capability for more dedicated special-purpose innovation
High satisfactory and high cost-performance system
Create a healthy relationship with the company
CSIRO was looking to acquire a solution that they had preconfigured from the ground-up,
to tackle astronomy workloads such as satellite networks and space imaging within their
location. This type of workload required significant computing and processing power
as the main driving factors from the organisation’s professors and scientists.
In addition to this purely high-performance solution, they required flexibility
and scalability within systems to fit different local in-house workloads and projects.
How We Helped
We worked closely with the company to optimise their solution so that they could fully integrate into their unique space-related onsite operations. The solution that we worked together on providing an alternative to their initial technology proposal for internal number crunching. We satisfied many driving factors through our ability to locally drive highly scalable and flexible solutions within Australia.
We collaboratively provided a better and more cost-performant solution that took care of their business objectives and budget without any sacrifice.
To meet CSIRO Astronomy’s specific requirements, we proposed an FPGA-focused workstation solution, the DiGiCOR model ST83-DS228-MND10GOR:
Dual socket FPGA-optimised workstation supports 2nd Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and 20 cores for CPU rendering potential power. In addition, this solution can be optimised with up to 4x GPUs such as NVIDIA Tesla, Quadro RTX or GeForce RTX.
Ideal for any intensive workloads such as rendering, machine learning, AI, or any heavy parallel computing.
Based upon their certain astronomy workloads, we satisfied the organisation’s expectations of being locally available and providing scalable and flexible solutions.
With the initial proposal of GPUs in their solution, we recommended utilising FPGAs instead.
The benefits of the FPGA instead of a GPU were the immediate high-latency
processing of data from a unique hardware interface and real-time reactions
based on received data. The processing functionality of FPGAs can be customised
on a logic port level, whereas GPUs can only be programmed at a static instruction
level, therefore making FPGA the optimal solution due to responsiveness and capability
for more dedicated special purpose innovation such as astronomy and space workloads.
As a result, our solution has been highly satisfactory as a highly cost-performant system.
Through our high level of quality products, services and support, we were able to create a healthy relationship with the company.