Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a longstanding collaboration with NASA Ames, and collectively, they proceed to build revolutionary HPC technologies to fuel space and science discovery that enhance general efficiency and reduce prices, stated the vice president, and general manager, of HPE. They’re honored to have designed the brand new Aitken supercomputer and energy capabilities for humanity’s subsequent mission to the moon.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced it has designed a brand new supercomputer, Aitken, that can be deployed by NASA to power future missions to the moon. Mainly, Aitken will assist NASA’s Artemis program with calculations, modeling, and simulations of entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the moon. Aitken is a product of a four year, a multi-phase partnership between HPE and NASA Ames Research Center.
Under the hood, Aitken relies on HPE’s SGI 8600 HPC platform, which is a tray-based, scalable supercomputer cluster. Last year, HPE was contracted to ship seven supercomputers to the Department of Defense, all of them SGI 8600 groups. Moreover, NASA Ames can also be the proud owner of Electra, an HPE SGI 8600-based supercomputer that’s presently ranked 37 on the Top500 list.
Aitken will include 1,150 nodes, with every node utilizing two 20-core second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Mellanox InfiniBand interconnects. Complete numbers for Aitken come to 46,080 cores and 221TB of memory across 1,150 nodes for 3.69 petaflops of theoretical peak performance.
Aitken will reside at NASA Ames’ new modular supercomputing facility, which had its grand opening last Thursday. The brand new facility is based on a Modular Data Center (MDC) design and may accommodate 16 modules, with Aitken claiming the first. Aitken will assist in landing astronauts on the South Pole region of the moon by 2024, as a part of NASA’s Artemis program.