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HPE announces software-defined platform for high-performance computing

Recently, HPE launched new high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, including a software-defined platform, Apollo server upgrades, and CAE software.

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On Monday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) launched the HPE Core HPC Software Stack, a pre-integrated software suite that combines application development tools with capabilities for cluster management. The new stack could help IT leaders more quickly test, configure, deploy, and manage clusters for HPC environments.

For the uninitiated, HPC uses parallel processing to run apps more quickly and efficiently. Similar to supercomputing, HPC relies on multiple machines, or clusters, to work on a problem together. HPC has begun to creep into industries such as financial services and manufacturing, among others, and HPE aims to make it easier to leverage with its new tools.

"These innovative solutions aim to accelerate HPC adoption by organizations of all sizes and segments by enabling faster time to value and increased competitive differentiation through better parallel processing performance, along with reduced complexity and deployment time," Steve Conway, research vice president for IDC's High Performance Computing group said in a press release.

The HPE Core HPC Software Stack uses the HPE Insight Cluster Management Utility v8.0 for lifecycle management and monitoring, and is designed to scale to thousands of compute nodes.

SEE: Building the Software Defined Data Center (ZDNet)

To go along with its new HPS platform, HPE also announced some upgrades to its Apollo 2000 and Apollo 6000 systems. According to a press release announcing the system enhancements, the Apollo 6000 will be updated with the new HPE ProLiant XL260a server trays using the latest Xeon Phi processors and Intel OPA.

The Apollo 2000 system will get new Intel OPA fabric options as well. The goal of these enhancements is for the systems to be able to run HPC applications in a massively parallel manner with few changes to the code base. Both the Apollo 6000 and 2000 will get also EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions from Mellanox.

To further improve HPC deployments in the manufacturing sector, HPE also announced the HPE ANSYS solution for CAE, which is supposed to shorten the time it takes to complete CAE simulations.

HPE isn't alone in its efforts for HPC. Also on Monday, Dell announced its own HPC offerings using Xeon Phi processors. As HPC continues to trickle down into the enterprise, we'll likely see even more vendors releasing similar products.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. HPE released a new software-defined platform for high-performance computing (HPC), as well as systems upgrades and new software to assist in HPC deployments.
  2. HPE's new platform could make it easier to test, configure, deploy, and manage HPC deployments, which are growing in popularity among manufacturing, life sciences, and other industries.
  3. Dell also released a new HPC product, utilizing the same Intel Xeon Phi processors, and we could see even more activity in the HPC space as it gains traction in the enterprise.

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About Conner Forrest

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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