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Deployment of the world’s largest commercial High Performance Computing data center

Posted on: November 11, 2011


  • HP announced this week what it said was deployment of the world’s largest commercial High Performance Computing data center. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus deployed two of the vendor’s 40ft data center containers stuffed with HP-made HPC gear at its sites in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany.

 

  • Ed Turkel, business development manager for service providers and HPC at HP, said Airbus deployed the product as a general computing resource for a variety of research and engineering applications. The system ranked 29th on the most recent Top500 Supercomputer Sites list, which came out in June.

 

  • HPC has not been the most popular use for the HP Pod. So far, the vertical that’s consumed most HP containers has been the service-provider industry. “That’s the place where probably the biggest roll-out [of HP Pods] has been,” Turkel said about the service-provider space.The key reason both HPC customers and service providers have been buying the solution has been the same: speed of deployment. “It becomes a way of building out data center capacity in smaller modular chunks and refreshing those modular chunks as technology changes,” Turkel said.

 

  • By deploying the two Pods, Airbus doubled its supercomputing power. According to Turkel, it took HP about four months to deliver the solution and connect it to power, water and network from the moment Airbus signed the contract. HP manufactured the aircraft maker’s Pods at a plant in Scotland.HP has both 40ft and 20ft containers. Since the company launched the 20ft solution in February 2010, however, it has not sold as well as the 40ft version has, according to Turkel. HP continues to be tight-lipped about total sales numbers for the product, as do other container vendors.

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