HPE expands high-performance computing platforms

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced HPE Apollo 6500 and HPE Apollo 4520, two high-performance computing (HPC) platforms.

The HPE Apollo 4520 chassis, which will be available on April 18, will be priced at $8500. HPE will start selling HPE Apollo 6500 from the third quarter of 2016. HPE did not share the price of Apollo 6500.

HPE says more than a third of the HPC market is using HPE compute platforms to enhance scientific and business innovation and gain a competitive edge.

“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to delivering new infrastructure solutions that satisfy our customers’ insatiable need for massive compute power to fuel new applications and unlock the value of their data,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC, Big Data and IoT Servers, HPE.

The global size of the HPC market is expected to grow to $31 billion in 2019 from $21 billion in 2015, according to IDC.

Steve Conway, IDC research vice president for high performance computing and data analysis, said: “HPE’s new HPC solutions feature innovations in systems design, workload optimization, density optimization and open source software that are designed to accelerate time-to-value in areas such as deep learning, energy exploration and mechanical design, as well as financial trading and regulatory compliance.”

With up to eight high performance NVIDIA GPU cards designed for maximum transfer bandwidth, the HPE Apollo 6500 System is purpose-built for deep learning applications. Its high ratio of GPUs to CPUs, dense 4U form factor and design enable organizations to run deep learning recommendation algorithms faster and more efficiently, reducing model training time and accelerating the delivery of real-time results, all while controlling costs.

When used with GPU computing platforms like the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, the HPE Apollo 6500 provides maximum GPU processing capacity across a broad ecosystem of tools.

The HPE Apollo 6500 is designed to support deep learning computing platforms and application programming interface models, such as Caffe,CUDA, Torch, Theano, Tensorflow, the NVIDIA Deep Learning SDK, and the newly announced Cognitive Computing Toolkit from HPE.

The HPE Apollo 4520 System is designed to give customers the opportunity to implement reliable open and supported parallel file system architectures to address their HPC storage needs.

The HPE Apollo 4520, a dual-node system with high performance fabrics and drive failover, is designed to support Lustre implementations.

“With Intel Enterprise Edition of Lustre on the Apollo 4520, customers are able to realize the flexibility of open-source software with the extreme density of HPE storage hardware,” Charles Wuischpard, vice president Datacenter Group, GM High Performance Computing Platform Group at Intel.

Frederick Lefebvre, HPC System Architect at Calcul Quebec, University Laval, Quebec City, said the new HPE Apollo 4520 is a highly flexible foundation for HPC storage innovation and enables Calcul Quebec to provide our users with an optimized solution that is highly scalable with a very compelling TCO.