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HP turns up heat against IBM with water cooled HPC

CBR Staff Writer

09:59, June 10 2014

Taking the battle to IBM and Cray with a rack based offering in the high end HPC market.

HP has unveiled Apollo family of high performance computing (HPC) systems which will offer better performance of a standard rack server while using less space and energy, taking on IBM in this market.

The new offering has a modular design with an innovative power distribution and air and liquid-cooling system which will boost the performance at rack scale.

The new HP Apollo portfolio include Apollo 6000 System and Apollo 8000 System which claimed to provide four times more performance per square foot than standard rack servers.

HP Apollo 6000 System features a rack design which combines up to 160 low-end servers in one rack, designed to carry out different workloads including design automation or financial service risk analysis.

HP Apollo 8000 is on the other hand is a liquid-cooled supercomputer which combines up to 144 servers per rack, and can offer four times the teraflops per rack compared to air-cooled designs.

Apollo 8000 System uses company's water cooling technology, which reduces energy use while allowing users to reuse the warm water as heat source for their facilities.

Since liquid cooling mechanism far more efficient compared to air cooling, the company has used new techniques to solve the risk of damage to the expensive HPC systems after coming into contact with liquid.

The liquid cooled supercomputer will help the company compete against IBM and Cray in the high end of the market.


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