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HPE Supercomputer Has the Potential to Change the World

Are you struggling to deploy and manage the size of the supercomputing cluster your users need? The HPE SGI 8600 System offers petaflop speed and scalability to thousands of nodes in an efficient, dense, and easy to manage proven architecture which currently powers some of the most powerful supercomputers in the top 500. The computer is designed to run the world’s most complex problems and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in areas ranging from life, earth, and space sciences, to engineering and manufacturing, to national security. The HPE SGI 8600 is optimized to leverage the most powerful industry-standard processor and interconnect technologies available today and in the future.

Supercomputers play an essential role in research and are used for a wide range of computationally intensive tasks in various disciplines, including bioinformatics, weather forecasting, climate research, molecular modeling, mechanical engineering, statistics, linguistics, and physical simulations. High-performance computing allows researchers to combine advanced computing power, scalable network infrastructure, an adaptive software environment, and product reliability to push the boundaries of academic research.

Solving the most significant data analysis problems demands powerful supercomputing solutions. HPE has the most comprehensive, purpose-built portfolio for production supercomputing, and the commitment to innovation that propels the leadership well into the future. Only HPE has the combination of proven expertise and skills, comprehensive portfolio, partner ecosystem, and deep commitment to innovation to be strategic supercomputing partner. The HPE SGI 8600 system is designed to solve the most complex problems and power some of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Here are few examples of its true potential –


  1. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Signs Big Supercomputer Deal with Defense Department

Firstly, the contract signed between The Defense Department and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) provides an unparalleled portfolio of supercomputing solutions and production capabilities supported by the experience of the world’s leading supercomputing provider. The supercomputers planned to use for tasks like designing helicopters and weather forecasting.

The Defense Department bought the supercomputers as part of its so-called high-performance computing modernization program, said the program’s chief of staff, Kevin Newmeyer. The program, created in 1992, is intended to ensure that the Defense Department consistently has the most powerful computers for tasks like designing weapons, aircraft, and analyzing weather patterns so that Navy ships can navigate more safely, he said. The supercomputers help the Defense Department simulate wind tunnels for testing the software models of helicopters well before built, Newmeyer said. The Defense Department also wants to incorporate artificial intelligence-related tasks like machine learning to help speed the design process.

The HPE SGI 8600 System runs industry standard operating systems. Different nodes can run different Operating Systems allowing a broad range of standard Linux applications to run simultaneously to support different user requirements and quicker times to solutions.


  1. HPE Helps EPFL Blue Brain Project Unlock the Secrets of the Brain

HPE announced that the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s (EPFL) Blue Brain Project, a Swiss brain research initiative, selected HPE to build a next-generation supercomputer for modeling and simulation of the mammalian brain. The new supercomputer, called ‘Blue Brain 5’, will be dedicated to simulation neuroscience, in particular, simulation-based research, analysis, and visualization, to advance the understanding of the brain.

Brain disorders are complex phenomena spanning from genes to circuits to the whole brain. The Blue Brain Project is pioneering the approach of reconstructing and simulating digital models of brains to address this challenge. Blue Brain systematically releases open-access data, models and open-source tools to help the community, such as the European Human Brain Project, understand the brain at its different levels of the organization.

HPE is bringing state-of-the-art supercomputing technologies dedicated to simulation Neuroscience. HPE designed Blue Brain 5 to specifically support the various compute-intensive challenges of the Blue Brain Project’s reconstruction and simulation workflows. The flexible architecture of the HPE SGI 8600 System is instrumental for the Blue Brain Project’s mission as it can host different subsystems that are specifically geared for tasks like visualization or deep learning while being operated as one single system. Blue Brain 5 integrates four different configurations – each optimized for a different workload profile, providing specific strengths in areas like memory bandwidth, network bandwidth, processing power, graphical processing and input/output.


Supercomputers enable the world’s leading scientists to find answers to some of the most difficult challenges of our time. However, while the human imagination is limitless, the massive space and energy requirements of traditional supercomputers, combined with the fall off in semiconductor scaling, are slowing the pace of innovation. HPE is breaking through conventional supercomputing barriers by rethinking cooling to enable high-density, energy-efficient supercomputing solutions. HPE is making supercomputing available and affordable to the government, business, scientific, and academic communities of every size—everywhere.


Audrey Cox
WW OEM Communications & Brand Awareness
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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