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Higher Education & Research

Push past research boundaries with leading-edge AI and HPC solutions

AI and HPC Solutions for Researchers

Thanks to recent advances in computing, universities and research groups are tackling some of the world’s most challenging issues in basic and applied sciences.

But data-driven projects in astrophysics, computational biology and chemistry, health sciences, materials and manufacturing, and many more can only be as productive as the computing infrastructure used to run the calculations, simulations, models, and experiments.

To fuel these advancements and spark breakthroughs – as well as train the next generation of innovators – organizations need to have access to as much of the latest AI and HPC solutions as possible. That’s why so many turn to Silicon Mechanics.

Discounts and Trials

  • Silicon Mechanics offers significant discounts to educational institutions to allow you to accomplish your goals while making the most of your budget. Speak to a technical expert to find out all the discounts your configuration qualifies for.
  • Our remote workload benchmarking program exclusively for higher education and research clients allows you to test your workloads on our newest systems, powered by the latest generation of AMD EPYC CPUs and NVIDIA H100 GPUs. Request a test drive now.

Computing Hardware for Higher Education

Custom-Engineered, Use Case-Specific Cluster Reference Architectures

Atlas AI Cluster

Whether you’re looking for a solution for HPC or AI inference, the Linux-based Atlas AI Cluster is a great choice. It includes best-of-breed technology (including the NVIDIA® HGX™ A100 and AMD EPYC™) and is configured for fast deployment, powerful results, and scalability to any size.

Get to result faster with the Atlas AI Cluster.

Luna HPC Cluster

The turn-key Luna HPC Cluster eliminates design/procurement issues for faster time-to-results. Its combination of well-balanced, tried-and-tested hardware and software components also gives you high performance as well as easy scalability and management, for great ROI.

Secure supply chain and faster time-to-results with the Luna HPC Cluster.

Triton Big Data Cluster

Software-defined architecture based on the massively scalable, parallel Weka file system (WekaFS) (via NVMe-over-fabric) makes the Triton Big Data Cluster ideal for HPC with large datasets or for AI training (which requires large datasets).

Manage workloads even with the largest datasets with the Triton Big Data Cluster.

Cygnus CFD Cluster

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) workloads are proving unsuitable for public cloud computing. For CFD and similar workloads, it can be far more effective to build a balanced, efficient on-premises cluster to run your jobs. The Cygnus CFD Cluster is a balanced configuration, purpose-designed for cost-effective simulations and engineering workloads.

Maximize the ROI of your CFD workloads with the Cygnus CFD Cluster.

With expertise in high-performance computing and storage architectures, and experience deploying a variety of cloud computing options, Silicon Mechanics supports educational institutions with cost-effective, reliable, and secure computing and storage solutions.

Customizable Servers

Silicon Mechanics offers a wide variety of configurable rackmount, GPU, high-density, pedestal, and blade servers. To harness the power of HPC quickly and effectively, our configurator allows you to quickly and easily configure single servers to suit your specific needs.

These server configurations can then be reviewed by an expert, ensuring designs maximize performance and value. They then ship to you from our U.S.-based engineering service center.

Data Storage for Higher Education

Custom-Engineered, Use Case-Specific Reference Architectures

Metis HPC Storage Cluster

The Metis HPC Storage Cluster leverages software-defined storage to offer you highly available and dense capacity, robust data protection features, and support for multiple concurrent users. This scalable solution doesn’t sacrifice the high storage speeds necessary for HPC performance.

Never let storage speed, density, or availability slow down your HPC with the Metis HPC Storage Cluster.

Triton Big Data Cluster

Extracting value from massive data sets with accelerated computing (HPC or AI/ML) can be challenging when confronted by computing bottlenecks and poor infrastructure performance. The Triton Big Data Cluster removes bottlenecks via a shared pool of NVMe over fabric (NVMeOF) that enables jobs to run up to 10x faster.

Avoid storage bottlenecks and improve analytics with the Triton Big Data Cluster.

Customizable Storage Appliances

Our online configurator brings together engineering best practices, component compatibility within physical designs, and other parameters to help you quickly configure the optimal product for your unique needs. Choose from configurable NAS, nearline, and JBOD solutions.

Create the storage solution that best suits your needs here.

Standalone, Enterprise-Grade Storage

Keeping up with the high-end microprocessors, high-speed sensors, fast data networks, and demand for more and more information is a challenge for most data storage technologies. But Silicon Mechanics system architects deliver flexible, standalone, enterprise-grade storage solutions that meet today’s requirements and help address your future needs.

Speak to a design expert to design your solution today.

Silicon Mechanics Empowers Higher Education

We know university researchers are under pressure to deliver faster results, often with limited budgets or even while awaiting grant funding. With research programs fueled by data-intensive computing methods, budget optimized, high-performance systems are the pathway to future discoveries. These critical systems must also execute multiple workloads with unpredictable volumes and computationally intensive tasks without missing a beat.

That’s why each person who reaches out to Silicon Mechanics is assigned a dedicated technical expert with decades of personal experience to help build the perfect system for each client’s goals. Every Silicon Mechanics server and workstation is reviewed for design compatibility and quality and comes with a 3-year warranty. With 30 years of experience designing and manufacturing systems in the USA, Silicon Mechanics has developed strong partnerships with industry leaders, so our clients get the best technology as soon as it is available.

Proven Solutions

As a leading systems integrator, Silicon Mechanics empowers organizations to transform the world through open technology. We consider ourselves an extension of your team, and our Experts are available to provide you:

  • Purpose-built, custom solutions designed for demanding environments
  • Flexible technology architecture options that enable you to grow and scale
  • A deep-dive assessment of your technical needs
  • Access to a wide variety of the latest open computing technologies and platforms
  • Support Engineers dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction

With expertise in high-performance computing and storage architectures, and experience deploying a variety of cloud computing options, Silicon Mechanics supports educational institutions with cost-effective, reliable, and secure computing and storage solutions.

Research & Case Studies

You can read more about the Silicon Mechanics approach and how it pertains to education and research solutions.

Van Andel Institute

The Van Andel Institute (VAI), based in Grand Rapids, Mich., is a nonprofit biomedical research and science education organization that is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s, and other diseases and translating those findings into effective therapies.

University of California, Merced

Founded in 2005, University of California, Merced (UC Merced) is the newest campus in the University of California system with a focus on educating and training a highly diverse and underserved student population. With more than 65% of undergraduate students identified as first-generation college students, UC Merced continues to build on its growing reputation of excellence and innovation.

NYU Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics

The high-performance computer at NYU Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics (CHIBI) was destroyed by flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, the laboratory’s director was able to unrack the data storage hard drives and rescue them from the advancing flood waters, but CHIBI needed to replace its computing capability quickly.

Expert Included

Our engineers are not only experts in traditional HPC and AI technologies, we also routinely build complex rack-scale solutions with today's newest innovations so that we can design and build the best solution for your unique needs.

Talk to an engineer and see how we can help solve your computing challenges today.