IBM Blue Gene Project, Melbourne UniversityMelbourne, Australia

Norman Disney & Young were appointed by IBM Australia to provide engineering consultant services for the development of a new data centre at the University of Melbourne that houses the first IBM BlueGene supercomputer platform in Australia.

The project was developed within an existing and occupied building and careful planning and implementation was required to minimise the impact to the existing occupiers of the building.

The installation has been provided with an N+1 redundant air cooled chiller plant, with an additional water buffer vessel to provide added system resilience to the high density supercomputer in the event of a system failure. An N+1 UPS system provides backup to the critical load equipment in the room and the room is fire protected by a combination of pre-action sprinklers and gas suppression.

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