Customer Use Case

"By providing a 360-degree view of our complex environment, Pentaho has helped CSCS enhance productivity, improve efficiency and increase revenue for over 1 million jobs processed each year."

Massimo Benini, Software Engineer, CSCS

CSCS

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre founded to solve challenging problems in science and society. #1 supercomputing company in Europe and 3rd in the world (source: https://www.top500.org/lists/2017/06/).

Business Challenges

  • They are managing a large and complex environment of around 10 systems, up to 25.3 PFlops of computing power on their most powerful supercomputer, translating to 8 million jobs per year of 10 PBs of data available for 700 end users.
  • Since CSCS had no centralized data warehouse or reporting tool, gathering data for reports was a cumbersome manual task that took about two-three weeks and many interactions with various staff members.
  • They were challenged with managing growing data volumes – to the tune of 40 million rows of data. As their customers’ data volumes continue to grow, CSCS needs seamlessly scale up or down their operations.

BUSINESS CASE

  • As their investment in equipment is very high, they need to optimize CPU utilization for customer projects that include CERN, MeteoSwiss and countless universities including: ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the University of Geneva.
  • CSCS needed a single view of their data to improve business operations, enhance machine optimization and increase profit margins.
  • Being part of a government agency, CSCS was required to report metrics around their operations on a daily basis.

Pentaho Solution

  • Pentaho provides a 360-degree view of their environment by blending CPU data from their supercomputers with financial data from SAP to manage projects more efficiently.
  • CSCS delivers a series of daily on-demand reports about the utilization and performance of their equipment to their management team, government agencies and customers.  
  • CSCS used Pentaho Consulting Services for deployment assurance which includes the server instalment and configuration, architecture review and best practices.

Value Added

  • By increasing the utilization of their equipment, CSCS has been able to increase productivity and profit margins.
  • Pentaho Data Integration has eliminated the need for manual CPU data gathering, which used to take from 2-3 weeks.
  • The simplicity and speed of gathering machine data in near real-time has enabled CSCS to provide a deeper level of reporting that was not previously available.

Why Pentaho

  • Pentaho’s end-to-end data integration and business analytics platform provides a single view of their environment.
  • Pentaho allows us to deliver our metrics to the public through a number of dynamic reports.
  • Flexible, lightweight solution with robust, automated feature sets.