Verne and OCF Power ENGYS’ HPC Deployment in Iceland

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Iceland-based colo provider Verne today announced the deployment of an HPC cluster in Iceland for open-source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software provider ENGYS, in collaboration with UK-based HPC consultant OCF.

OCF designed, configured, and put a Supermicro solution into production for ENGYS, and deployed the system with Verne.

Iceland’s access to 100 percent renewable energy resources feeds the country’s grid, meaning collocating compute here is a reliable and cost-effective investment. Access to 100 percent renewable hydroelectric and geothermal energy as well as free air cooling due to the naturally temperate climate in Iceland means that compute runs at a vastly reduced carbon cost – which was a priority for both ENGYS and OCF.

CFD is vital to optimise engineering design in a myriad of industries, from automative companies like Formula One, to construction, aerospace, and academia. But this complex technology takes a lot of energy to run, and therefore comes at a carbon cost. With ENGYS’ on-premise cluster with OCF in the UK reaching end-of-life, the company realised it had an opportunity to move the compute to a more sustainable and efficient location. Verne’s Icelandic data center was the optimal choice.

“At ENGYS, sustainability is important to us and to our customers, who often utilise CFD to drive efficiency gains within their own operations,” said Andrew Jackson, Head of Development at ENGYS. “With our new Icelandic cluster, we can achieve our sustainability goals, while also taking advantage of a more stable and predictably priced energy grid. Furthermore, as Verne’s data center campus is designed to support high intensity compute at scale, we can rest assured that our services will always run as efficiently as possible, even as we continue to grow.”

“Sustainability is at the core of OCF’s business, so we were thrilled to work with Verne to support ENGYS’ transition to a more sustainable and cost-effective computing solution,” said Robert Prior, Marketing Manager at OCF. “As we do not have a physical presence in Iceland, we completed the installation remotely from Sheffield, further reducing the deployment’s environmental impact.”

“Verne is committed to driving the future of sustainable computing,” said Alex Picchietti, Vice President, Alliance and Partnerships, Verne. “Our collaboration with OCF in deploying ENGYS’ new HPC cluster in Iceland shows how businesses can achieve outstanding performance while adhering to true sustainability and environmental responsibility.”

ENGYS’ new cluster in Iceland ensures the organisation can continue to deliver world-class consulting services and resolve customer issues quickly, without undue environmental impact. The company has plans to expand capacity with more dense clusters in Iceland in the future.

Verne and OCF completed the deployment remotely, without OCF or ENGYS traveling to Iceland – further improving the energy efficiency of the whole operation.

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