Adaptive Computing Delivers Energy Efficiency to Canada’s Largest Supercomputer


With 10 of the Top 20 Supercomputers Using Moab Technology, Adaptive Computing Brings Intelligent Resource Management to Next-Generation HPC Environments

Provo, Utah—November 17, 2009—Adaptive Computing, the company behind the Moab®unified intelligent automation technology, announced that SciNet, a provider of high-performance computing resources to the Canadian research community, has chosen the Moab Adaptive HPC Suite as the intelligent automation software solution for Canada’s largest supercomputer, the University of Toronto’s SciNet Consortium. In partnership with IBM, Adaptive Computing delivered a two-to-three-times increase in performance while reducing power consumption by 30-40 percent. SciNet’s 4,000-server IBM System x iDataPlex supercomputer provides Canada’s researchers a supercomputer that is three times more powerful than any other system in the country and saves enough energy every year to run 700 homes.

With Adaptive Computing, SciNet is fulfilling its mandate to deliver a higher-performing and greener compute environment for Canada’s scientific community that will drive innovation and that will ultimately spur economic progress and save lives. The University of Toronto’s SciNet Consortium provides resources to the University’s scientific researchers and ten affiliate research hospitals by combining industry-leading innovations in data center design. Faced with extremely diverse usage requirements, Adaptive Computing’s Moab technology provides SciNet users and administrators the ability to consolidate and virtualize resources, allocate and manage applications, optimize service levels and reduce operational costs. In addition, Adaptive Computing’s intelligent infrastructure solutions reduce power consumption through intelligent workload-aware power management and temperature-aware workload balancing.

“Adaptive Computing empowers SciNet to adapt our supercomputer operating environment as user demands fluctuate over time,” said Dr. Daniel Gruner, PhD, chief technology officer of software for SciNet. “Moab Adaptive HPC Suite can reconfigure a node’s characteristics on the fly to optimize the mix of infrastructure environments available to meet user requirements. These benefits create an efficient HPC environment that can meet the rigorous demands of Canada’s research community and at a price point that met our budgetary requirements.”

Adaptive Computing and IBM delivered the following capabilities:

  • On-demand multi-OS image provisioning
  • Power monitoring
  • Green mode: idle nodes are powered off
  • Nodes are powered on and provisioned to be ready when needed
  • Amber light avoidance
  • Automatic health checks

“SciNet is an exemplary use case for our technology that demonstrates why Moab is deployed in 10 of the top 20 supercomputers in the world,” said Michael Jackson, president of Adaptive Computing. “Customers come to us searching for solutions to adapt computing resources in response to workload, changing conditions, energy usage and organizational objectives, and we continue to innovate to provide the automation intelligence software that unifies large computing environments with such disparate technologies as Windows, Linux and Unix.”

About the SciNet Consortium

The SciNet Consortium represents scientific researchers from the University of Toronto and the affiliated research hospitals and provides high-performance computing resources to the Canadian research community. SciNet is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)—through Compute Canada, the umbrella organization representing all the academic HPC consortia in Canada—and by the Province of Ontario, as well as the University of Toronto Faculties of Arts and Science, Engineering and Medicine. For more information, please

About Adaptive Computing

Adaptive Computing provides intelligent automation software for HPC, data center and cloud environments. The company’s infrastructure intelligence solutions, powered by Moab®, deliver policy-based governance, allowing customers to consolidate and virtualize resources, allocate and manage applications, optimize service levels and reduce operational costs. Adaptive Computing products manage the world’s largest computing installations and are the preferred intelligent automation solutions for the leading global HPC and data center vendors. For more information call (801) 717-3700 or visit

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