With the HP Performance Optimized Data Centers (PODs), HP can increase the computing power of the European aircraft manufacturer to 1200 teraflops. With POD, HP delivers a data center in a standard container.
Modular data center in a container. HP’s concept of Performance Optimized Data Centers (POD) quickly enables the expansion of HPC computing power without requiring users to invest in their own data center. Source: HP Germany
HP supports Airbus with new data centers in the form of containers. These so-called HP Performance Optimized Data Centers (POD) deliver computing power for aircraft development from a container at the Hamburg and Toulouse sites in France. Overall, HP can thus increase the computing power of the aircraft manufacturer to 1200 teraflops.
Airbus has also previously relied on the container solution from HP. However, the new generation should significantly improve space and energy consumption. Thus, according to HP per teraflop, the power consumption could be halved.
In the PODs, HP has installed ProLiant blade servers with the latest Intel processors. Each HP POD provides computing power in a 12-meter-long container that, according to HP, is equivalent to a conventional data center of approximately 500 square meters.
A POD contains all the components of HP’s Converged Infrastructure , consisting of blade servers, storage, networking, software and management, and integrated power and cooling. Over the next five years, HP will continue to maintain the server clusters and make them even more powerful with new capacities and cooling technologies.
With these PODs, companies can quickly curb peaks in demand. HP states that these data centers can be set up, tested and delivered within 6 weeks.
HP is currently cooling these installations with water cooling, claiming it has a PUE of 1.25. This value is used to record the percentage of energy actually spent on computing resources in a data center. In the large configuration, HP gets 22 racks with 50 height units each on the 12-meter footprint.
“We are pleased to deepen our partnership with HP in the field of supercomputing,” said Guus Dekkers, CIO of Airbus. “Over the next five years, HP will continue to improve our PODs, increase capacity and energy efficiency, and increase availability, fault tolerance and security. That will benefit Airbus’ development teams. ”
The HP PODs were manufactured at the HP plant in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, and put into operation at the main production sites of Airbus in Toulouse and Hamburg. In addition, the Center for Excellence in High Performance Computing in Grenoble, France, has helped to optimize the performance and effectiveness of the clusters. HP Enterprise Services configures the new clusters so quickly integrated into the Airbus IT environment.
Another user of HP’s POD data centers is the online marketplace Ebay . Ebay sees advantages in the high flexibility and modularity of this infrastructure. Thus, the marketplace could connect resources, if they are actually needed. Paul Santana, Director of Data Operations Center, eBay Inc comments: “Rack’n’Roll is modular. The containers are modular, our power supply is modular. And so we can expand as we need it. “