Published on 09-Jan-2014
"The IBM PowerLinux server enables us to meet the current and future needs of our researchers. The platform provides us with a reliable platform for academic resources, and we are extremely satisfied with the advanced technology that we have received from IBM." - Adam Lackorzynski, PhD student, TU Dresden
TU Dresden Operating Systems group
High Availability , Virtualization, Virtualization - Server
With around 37,000 students and 7,900 staff, Technische Universität Dresden (known as ‘TU Dresden’) in Germany is one of the top universities in Europe, offering courses ranging from humanities and social sciences to medicine. The TU Dresden Operating Systems group, which is housed in the university’s Faculty of Computer Science, researches and develops micro-kernel and virtualization technology for use in system security. The research group comprises one professor, approximately ten staff members and several students.
The university’s Operating Systems Group must provide its members with rapid access to study materials to enable them to make faster progress in their research, and strengthen the group’s reputation.
To create a robust, reliable and scalable solution to support the current and future needs of researchers, the group deployed its wikis and infrastructure services on an IBM® PowerLinux™ 7R1 server.
Rapid response times and 24/7 access to study materials enable researchers to make breakthroughs faster, helping the group to boost its reputation and attract students, staff and funding.
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With around 37,000 students and 7,900 staff, Technische Universität Dresden (known as ‘TU Dresden’) in Germany is one of the top universities in Europe, offering courses ranging from humanities and social sciences to medicine.
The TU Dresden Operating Systems group, which is housed in the university’s Faculty of Computer Science, researches and develops micro-kernel and virtualization technology for use in system security.
The research group comprises one professor, approximately ten staff members and several students. Members must share knowledge quickly and efficiently within the team to allow the group to make faster progress in its research studies. Enabling researchers to make breakthroughs more quickly will help the Operating Systems group to develop its reputation for excellence, and attract students, staff and funding.
The group uses wikis to enable researchers to share their ideas and findings quickly and efficiently. For example, professors can use wikis to post links to research, recommend additional literature, and distribute lecture slides.
The researchers needed to find a highly-reliable platform to support the group’s wikis and other infrastructure services, as service outages would hinder student learning. Equally, the group required a solution that would require little day-to-day administration to enable staff and students to focus on their research efforts.
High-performance IBM solution
The team decided to deploy an IBM PowerLinux 7R1 server running the Debian GNU/Linux operating system as the best possible match for its requirements. The platform supports the group’s wikis, web server, software repositories and other infrastructure services.
The server provides the capacity and performance needed to deliver very fast application response even during times of high workload – a key factor in enabling staff and students to share knowledge efficiently and effectively.
Adam Lackorzynski, a PhD student at TU Dresden, says, “We were able to set up the IBM PowerLinux 7R1 server quickly and easily, despite having no previous experience with IBM PowerLinux servers.”
The IBM PowerLinux 7R1 server features a six-core IBM POWER7® processor, which provides advanced workload-optimizing technology to support extremely high performance for the group’s wikis and other infrastructure services.
Rather than invest in many small physical servers, the Operating Systems Group deployed IBM PowerVM® technology so that it could provision multiple virtual servers on the single physical IBM PowerLinux 7R1 machine. Each virtual server’s capacity is adjusted dynamically to provide the best possible performance for the services it supports, optimizing the workload to ensure users experience a fast, responsive service.
The IBM server requires little maintenance and day-to-day administration, helping the team to focus on their research projects. The platform’s rock-solid reliability ensures that staff and students always have access to the materials they need to support their work.
Adam Lackorzynski remarks, “The IBM PowerLinux platform provides a reliable platform for our online resources and other infrastructure services – so far we haven’t incurred any downtime at all.”
The research group is already reaping the benefits of running its wikis and other infrastructure services on the reliable, high-performance IBM PowerLinux server.
Adam Lackorzynski comments, “Providing academic resources online enables staff and students to share their knowledge and findings quickly and efficiently. Effective teamwork is key to making advancements in research, so these efficiency gains translate into more breakthroughs and faster progress in our group’s studies.”
Enhancing student learning
The Operating Systems Group hopes that the advanced learning methods will contribute to the learning experience and help the group to boost its reputation.
Adam Lackorzynski comments, “The IBM PowerLinux platform helps us to contribute to innovation in education, which in turn helps the group to attract students, staff and external funding.”
With the IBM PowerLinux platform providing reliable performance and easy management, the Operating Systems Group can focus more attention on competing for the best students at an international level and collaborating with researchers based all over the globe.
Adam Lackorzynski concludes, “The IBM PowerLinux server enables us to meet the current and future needs of our researchers. The platform provides us with a reliable platform for academic resources, and we are extremely satisfied with the advanced technology that we have received from IBM.”
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