International Center for Biosaline Agriculture selects Dell HPC

ICBA deploys Dell HPC, security solutions and services, to support research programs

ICBA is using Dell solutions to support its research applications.
ICBA is using Dell solutions to support its research applications.

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai has deployed a range of Dell HPC and security solutions and services to support its scientific research into water, food security and declining water resources.

ICBA works with a number of international institutions, including NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre (NASA GSFC), sharing computing-intensive modelling and prediction resources such as the Weather Research and Forecasting system (WRF) and NASA GSFC furnished Land Information System models, its mission to build a computing system that will support analyses of the impact of climate variability and change on water and agriculture in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region.

The computing infrastructure includes Dell High Performance Computing solutions and Dell SonicWALL security solutions. ICBA has also engaged Dell Services for full ongoing support, as well a security plan to address the organisation's specific security requirements. As part of this, ICBA has deployed SonicWALL Next Generation Firewall NSA 3500, which integrates intrusion prevention, malware protection, and application intelligence and control with real-time visualization, as well as Dell SonicWALL Email Security ES3300.

Dr Rachael McDonnell, Water policy and governance scientist, ICBA, commented: "Technology is absolutely essential to our ability to deliver information to governments and public bodies which potentially leads to life-changing results. The implementation of Dell's HPC solution is key to our ability to analyse vast amounts data which can be used to improve the lives of people in the MENA region. Our in-house IT team is small, so as well as best-of-breed technology we were also looking for a partner which could offer support through responsive services. We are delighted to partner with Dell which has previous experience of WRF modelling and offered a robust and scalable end-to-end solution."

Dave Brooke, general manager, Dell Middle East added: "The International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture undertakes incredibly important work to improve water management in the MENA region and help the most vulnerable in society. We are delighted to have been selected to implement an HPC solution as well as support their in-house team with security solutions andservices."

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