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, Lead Architect, 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 supercomputers, up to 25.3 PFlops of computing power on their most powerful machine, translating to 8 million jobs per year of 10 PBs of data available for 2200 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, Northwestern University and 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 installment and configuration, architecture review and best practices

Value Added

  • By increasing the utilization of their equipment, CSCS has been able to reduce equipment downtime and increase 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
  • Annual operating expenditures decreased by 3% through better equipment utilization

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