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Arup uses Linux servers for fluid dynamics analysis

Global engineer and designer Arup has bought Hewlett-Packard’s 100,000th UK Linux server and will use it as part of a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

The DL145G2 ProLiant server features two 2.6Ghz AMD Opteron CPUs, 16Gb memory and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The server will be part of a cluster running Arup’s computational fluid dynamics software, an application area requiring HPC. Arup uses this software in flow studies, from nozzle placement in the Eden project in Cornwall to building analysis of air flows within sports stadiums.

Arup already runs two HPC clusters from HP and is likely to introduce a third cluster in the near future.

Darren Woolf, Arup’s associate director of the firm’s environmental physics team, said, “By using a Linux system, our team has been able to expedite much of Arup's most complex design analysis which allows us to realise some of the most exciting buildings in the world. That's a great reason to celebrate with HP's 100,000 milestone.”

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