HPE to Build Supercomputer for National Lab Energy R&D

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has begun development work on a high-performance computing system designed to help the National Renewable Energy Laboratory speed up research and development of energy technology platforms across data sciences, vehicle and wind power areas.

The Eagle supercomputer is built to process HPC workloads at a speed of up to 8 petaflops through its HPE SGI 8600 system, the company said Tuesday.

The supercomputer is part of HPE’s partnership with the Energy Department that aims to expedite research across DOE agencies through the use of HPC systems.

HPE will equip Eagle with Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors, Mellanox EDR InfiniBand fabric, a liquid cooling platform designed to recycle up to 97 percent of wasted heat, 2,144 dual-socket compute nodes and 76,104 compute cores.

Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager of HPC and AI group at HPE, said the company seeks to advance innovation in sustainability and energy through its partnership with DOE and NREL over the Eagle project.

HPE will install Eagle at a data center of the national lab’s energy system integration facility in the summer of 2018 and make the supercomputer available for use in January.

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