Verne Global team up with Wirth Research for greater sustainability

Verne Global has announced that Wirth Research, an engineering, design technology and advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) consultancy, has relocated its HPC resources to Verne Global’s data centre campus in Iceland. Wirth Research said the move enables it to analyse and verify the performance of designs for its industry customers with zero carbon cost.

CFD is power-intensive and requires high-intensity computing environments. With its in-house high-performance computing (HPC) servers nearing end-of-life, Wirth Research sought to improve the speed, performance and reliability of its supercomputing-class applications, while at the same time, increasing efficiency and reducing its energy footprint. After extensive consideration, Wirth Research chose to colocate its new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers powered by AMD Epyc CPUs and ​Nvidia Tesla T4 GPUs at Verne Global’s Icelandic campus due to its first-in-class performance and on-site HPC support. Crucially, Verne Global also offers a sustainable alternative to fossil-fuelled compute power, 100 per cent renewable hydroelectric and geothermal energy, with free cooling from Iceland’s year-round lower temperatures.

By moving its HPC resources to Verne Global, and replacing its existing hardware with new AMD Epyc 2 processors, Wirth Research’s costs were reduced so significantly that the energy savings justified the investment in upgraded hardware. The company was able to move its headquarters to a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly office.

“At Wirth Research, the work we do is sustainability work, helping our clients implement energy-saving carbon reduction systems that aren’t just planet-friendly, but also offer compelling returns on investment,” Nick Wirth, president and technical director at Wirth Research, said. “Verne Global’s renewably powered data centre, optimised for HPC and supported by a skilled team of engineers, is the ideal place to host our high-intensity computer.”

“Wirth Research’s advanced engineering technologies can revolutionise industries, and Verne Global is thrilled to be a part of delivering that innovation at zero carbon cost,” Dominic Ward, CEO at Verne Global, said. “Verne Global was built from the ground up with sustainability, scalability and security front-of-mind, and we look forward to supporting Wirth Research’s future growth.”

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