The HPC family of systems consists of the air-cooled model Apollo 6000 and the water-cooled supercomputer Apollo 8000. The systems can accommodate up to 160 or 144 servers per rack. In addition, HP launches a self-service portal for HPC resources based on Helion OpenStack in June.
At the Discover showcase in Las Vegas, HP unveiled a line of high performance modular computing (HPC) systems for companies called Apollo. Compared to standard rack servers they are supposed to offer a four times higher performance. They also take up less space and consume less energy. This reduces the total cost of ownership.
HP offers the air-cooled system Apollo 6000 and the water-cooled supercomputer Apollo 8000. It also provides numerous services to Apollo, including financing, needs assessment, commissioning and support for HP Datacenter Care. The new systems can provide companies with flexible monthly installments . The transition is intended to facilitate support services by supporting the operation of the legacy and the new system.
The Apollo 6000’s rack design is flexible and, according to HP, can be adapted to the needs of different applications through a choice of adapters. For example, for the automatic creation of drafts or the risk analysis in the financial sector. The Group has equipped the system with a redesigned air cooling system. The redundant power supply takes place via numerous bays. They can be managed with HP’s Advanced Power Manager. This allows up to 160 servers to be operated in a single rack.
According to their own statements, HP’s Apollo 8000 is the world’s first supercomputer that is completely water-cooled. It also has built-in hardware protection technology. Up to 144 servers take up a rack. Customers can use the warm water from the system cooling system to heat their buildings.
HP’s latest rack-blade servers, as well as ARM and Intel Atom-based Monnshot servers, complement the new HPC systems. Customers can now buy from HP and channel partners. The manufacturer shows the Apollo systems in Germany for the first time at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig.
In addition, HP wants to go in June with a private cloud solution based on the cloud platform Helion OpenStack at the start. Through a self-service portal, HP Helion Self-Service HPC provides HPC resources. Customers can choose to have the solution managed by themselves or by HP. Payment is based on usage.
In addition, HP showcased the fully flash-based 3Par StoreServe 7450 storage array, HP Virtual Cloud Networking (SDN) open standards-based software, and virtualization convergence systems with OneView (ConvergedSystem 300 and 700).