Media Release: eRSA Selects Dell EMC to Power its High-Performance Computing and Cloud Infrastructure

Media Release: eRSA Selects Dell EMC to Power its High-Performance Computing and Cloud Infrastructure
August 25, 2017 Chris Button


ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUGUST 24, 2017 – eRSA, South Australia’s leading research data service provider, have partnered with Dell EMC to deliver TANGO, a new premium high-performance computer (HPC) and Research Cloud infrastructure, built to enable collaboration and innovation among researchers across South Australia.

TANGO will replace Tizard, eRSA’s previous HPC hardware. TANGO will introduce a level of flexibility not seen before in Australian high-performance computing.

Built using leading edge infrastructure from Dell EMC and VMware, TANGO provides users with an unprecedented level of freedom in the Research and Innovation Sandbox, a service where users can experiment with different combinations of technology. The Sandbox eliminates the risk of technological experimentation, offering an avenue to test the best ways of processing analytics, big data processing, complex modelling and forecasting.

The TANGO HPC platform is now live and available, in preparation for Tizard’s official retirement on Thursday, August 31st, 2017, with cloud services coming online shortly.


eRSA’s Infrastructure Manager, Paul Bartczak, said that big data and complex data analytics are increasingly becoming a part of the research and innovation landscape.

“In order to keep up with modern research demands, having a powerful HPC and Cloud platform is a necessity,” Mr. Bartczak said.

“TANGO allows researchers and commercial clients alike to process large amounts of data quickly and easily, and the software defined network capability provides a secure environment to work in. Working with Dell EMC, we also ensured that TANGO is highly scalable, which means it can scale easily to keep up with increased user demand.”

Andrew Underwood, Dell EMC’s ANZ high performance computing lead said, “Australian industry is now realising the benefits of adopting enterprise-capable high-performance computing. This has allowed the industry to achieve product innovations faster than their competition in the global economy.”

“The eRSA Tango HPC system is a powerful and elegant system for South Australian researchers. It combines compute, storage, networking and the scientific software stack into a single platform that is easy to use and highly-secure. Not only is it a great representation of industry aligned HPC, it is also a good demonstration of the Dell Technologies family working together to drive discovery and innovation in our economy.”


TANGO comprises of Dell Servers connected with Dell Z9100-ON 100GbE Software Defined Network switches and purpose-built applications for high-performance data centre and computing environments. The acquisition was underwritten by Dell Financial Services and includes:


  • Dell PE R730 Servers with Intel Xeon Processors E5-2690 v4 35M Cache 2.70 GHz
  • 32GB RDIMM 2400MT/s DDR4 SDRAM
  • 200GB SSD 6Gbps
  • Mellanox ConnectX-4 Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP


  • Dell PE R730xd Servers connected with Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v4 35M Cache 2.40 GHz
  • 32GB RDIMM 2400MT/s DDR4 SDRAM
  • 1.6TB SSD 6Gbps, 6TB 7.2K RPM NLSAS
  • Mellanox ConnectX-4 Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP

The Research Cloud is built on VMware Cloud Foundation which delivers a completely software defined environment that is flexible, agile and is fully managed by the VMware vRealize Suite. Dell EMC Avamar and Dell EMC Data Domain provides back up and data protection providing piece of mind and protection corporate customers desire.

The computational capabilities of this infrastructure will allow users to experiment with combinations of technology to manage heavy workloads through a variable capability cloud, software defined data storage and software defined networking.

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