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This year it will be held from September 15th-17th, 2015 at Hilton hotel in Pasadena, California USA. Read more http://www.metacomptech.com/index.php/info/symposium-2015.


Metacomp Technologies is a leading provider of software tools for major aerospace, defense, and automobile manufacturers, many government labs and research organizations, universities as well as other companies that require complex modeling for research, troubleshooting analysis, and product development.

Isc2015 welcomeISC 2015

During ISC in Frankfurt, Dr. Ulrich Meier, Director Presales at Go Virtual Germany, gave to presentations on success stories where new technologies are involved.

The first presentation – held at the Intel booth – was about an installation in the field of Life Sciences at the DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center) in Heidelberg. DKFZ is the largest Next-Generation-Sequencing facility, using Illumina HiseqX with a capacity of sequencing a 18,000 individual human genomes per year. The goal is the genome comparison for individual patients of cancerous tissue with healthy tissue and the reference genome to find the molecular difference of cancer types in order to apply the right treatment. This is an important step toward the long promised “personalized medicine”. Each sequencing run produce about 70 GB of raw data – or 1.3 PB per year, which needs to be processed fast and according to the DKFZ quality standards. This is were the the compute cluster solution from Go Virtual comes into play. The complex data processing pipeline used by DKFZ requires a combination of parallel and high-throughput processing, where the data exchange between pipeline steps is done by IO of millions of small file. The cluster composed of 30 Hewlett-Packard Apollo 6000 servers with 512 GB memory, two 14 core Intel Xeon Haswell CPUs and 1.6 TB Intel NVMe SSD scratch space per node perfectly masters this heavy compute load.  Intel’s MVMe technology boosts IOPS by avoiding SCSI and SAS interfaces of classic SSDs and opens the full PCIe performance and bandwidth for small file IO.

For more information on Intel’s MVMe SSDs see: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/solid-state-drives/intel-ssd-dc-family-for-pcie.html

The second presentation – given at CoolIT’s booth – was also about a Life Siences customer, the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The challenge here was to retrofit liquid cooling solution into existing systems such that the minimum water inlet temperature was 40 °C and the hot water could be used to heat adjacent buildings. The cooling solution had to be retrofit into existing server systems housed in the container environment at CBS.

Direct Contact Liquid Cooling from CoolIT Systems: “Rack DCLC CHx40” was applied to enable reuse of energy. Hewlett-Packard ProLiant DL560 Gen8 servers were cooled using CoolIT’s centralized pumping CHx40 technology, where cooling liquid is distributed through stainless steel manifolds, as shown of the photos below. All metal, dry-break quick connects allow for hot-swappable servicing of any single server.

By combining HP ProLiant servers andCoolIT’s efficient and affordable technologies Go Virtual showcases the implementation of Green IT. For more information on CoolIT’s Rack DCLC Chx40 see:



Our annual golf tournament took place this year at 13th of August. As usual with great enthusiasm, lovely weather and good golf results. Thanks to all participants for a nice day together.




Go Virtual has recently delivered Denmark’s largest Supercomputer to Danish Technical University.

This is to be used for Bioinformatics by the Center for Bioinformatics and Sequencing. In a tender for 40M DKK CBS wanted a Supercomputer that could solve some of the world’s largest Life Science problems.

Data Center Housing Solution:

Go Virtual designed and delivered for hosting the Supercomputer:

  • 2x 15m Datacenter containers with state of the art air and liquid cooling
  • Each container 2 Expandable containers from DCC
  • Guaranteed 10 years warrenty
  • Raised floor with two water cooling circuits
  • Cold water 10-18 degrees
  • Warm-water up to 40 degrees
  • 500KW of power capacity
  • 500KW of cooling capacity – air and liquid cooling
  • In-row cooling racks for air cooled equipment
  • State of the art fire extinguishing equipment and sensors to detect any possible problems and leaks.
  • First container contains the cluster
  • Second container contains the Storage cluster


Supercomputer solution:

With CBS’s specific need Go Virtual designed the following solution:

  • Compute Nodes: 540 HP XL230
  • 128GB, 2x E5-2683v3 Intel processor each with 14 cores at  2,0 GHz
  • Fat Nodes: 27 HP DL560
  • 1TB, 4x E5-4610v2 Intel processors each 8  2,3 GHz cores
  • Head Nodes: 2 Hewlett Packard DL560

1TB, 4x E5-4610v2 Intel processors each 8  2,3 GHz cores and redundant shared storage

  • 16048 with a theoretical performance of 548TF #121 on T500
  • 96 TB of extremely fast memory in total 569 servers.
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  • Cluster Network solution:

    With CBS’s requirements in mind GoVirtual designed and delivered following Mellanox Infiniband interconnect solution:

  • 3
  • Storage Solution

    With CBS’s needs for an Enterprise storage solution Go Virtual designed a solution from EMC:

    Storage Solution- EMC Isilon +50GB/s

    Primary Site

    • 50 Storage nodes (X400)
      • 600 cores
      • 50 GB/  aggregate bandwidth
      • 1200 GB global cache
      • 150 SSDs
      • 3PB of usable highly available storage (1650 spindles)
      • 1PB Tape library backup – Main site

      Secondary Site

      • 11 NL400 nodes
      • 3PB secondary storage array (async replication over 50km)
      • 1PB Tape library backup HP MSL6480

      Storage Software

      • Backup Networker
      • Snapshots

      Storage replication

      EMC Software:

      • InsightIQ
      • SmartConnect
      • SnapshotIQ
      • SyncIQ
      • SmartQuota
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      • Supercomputer Software Solution:

        Cluster Management solution

        Bright Cluster Management

        Cluster Monitoring Solution

        Workload Management:

        MOAB Enterprise

        HP SIM tools

        IRS – HP automatic notification system

        HP monitoring tools

        HP SW deployment Tools

      • GoVirtual builds the first Bioinformatics Cloud Solution on top of the Cluster:

        Meeting CBS’s requirements GoVirtual and HP has designed and are in the process of building a cloud environment on top of the HPC cluster:

      • This will enable CBS’s users to share the cluster in the following way:
      • The CBS system will have a large larges cluster pool running standard jobs as in a more traditional HPC cluster. But additionally higher level users can purchase and size an environment as sub clusters with CBS’s software tools which will be living on the system as needed. I will be totally logically/physically separated from other users without any overhead of server virtualization. The environment will be flexible in size and can be expanded if needed both on the server and storage side. End users will be accountable for their usage and have to pay for the usage.This Enterprise solution is unique and nothing like this has been built before.


Here is a short presentation of what his done in the past:

The last 8 years as a solutions architect at HP designing solutions for HPC, Hadoop, High Available Linux Applications, HP-UX, CMU and also database solutions SAP HANA, Vertica and Oracle.
I have been working with Unix/Linux system the last 25 years with focus on performance at Digital/Compaq/HP.

AT HP I have been working together with Go Virtual on large deals therefore it was a natural step to join Go Virtual.

We wish him welcome, and hope he will enjoy working with us.

The Top500 list was announced in November, 2014, in New Orleans at the Supercomputing conference. Go Virtual has in close collaboration with our customers and partners sold and delivered two new systems during the last six months which have been qualified for the Top500. The new systems are:

Rank 121 – “Computerome” Center for Biological Sequence Analysis – DTU

The system is based on the HP Apollo 6000 XL230a and consists of 540 compute servers providing a Theoretical Peak (Rpeak) of 483.84  TFLOPS.

Rank 383 – Volvo Car Group

The system is based on the HP Cluster Platform 3000 and HP Proliant DL380p and consists of 456 compute servers providing a Theoretical Peak (Rpeak) of 204.3 TFLOPS.

Read more on www.top500.org


Greetings from all of us at Go Virtual!julgranskula_gron

Faranggis_BagheriWe are pleased to introduce our new colleague Faranggis Bagheri to the software team:

I am a 31 years old female from Iran. I got my B. Sc.’s degree in mechanicalengineering in Iran and continued with the M.Sc.’s degree in the same field in Sweden. I worked around half a year for Epsilon AB as a calculation engineer at transmission group of Scania and then around 3,5 years at FS Dynamics AB as a CFD engineer. At FS Dynamics I had the opportunity to perform CFD simulations for different industries and work with different CFD software programs. I am looking forward to the new challenges in my new roll at GoVirtual.