Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced on May 18 the construction of its first factory in Europe to support the development of Excel-class supercomputers and intelligence systems. The installation of this new site will not only accelerate customer delivery and strengthen the supplier ecosystem, but also support scientific research, AL / ML initiatives and innovations.
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is the result of the split of the Hewlett-Packard Company in November 2015. It integrates the latter’s activities into server, networking, storage, software and business services. The Dedicated HPC facility, which will begin construction next summer in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, will be the fourth of HPE’s global HPC production sites. It will be installed near its production plant for server and storage solutions.
Justin Hattard, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HPC and AI, HPE, said:
“As European companies embrace next-generation supercomputers, they are building a strong foundation in Europe to seize opportunities to accelerate scientific discovery, strengthen digital sovereignty and unlock innovations to provide greater economic value. Committed and our new HPC plant in Ho Chi Minh City, Czech Republic is another important investment in our other R&D initiatives, which we have made in Europe.
Strengthening Europe’s leadership in supercomputing and AI
Supercomputing makes it possible to understand and respond to complex challenges. It already plays a major role in health: it is used to develop and target personalized medical therapies for patients with cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s or rare genetic diseases, but also to discover new drugs. This makes it possible to better predict the effects of global warming, warning before the arrival of floods, storms or typhoons, thanks to the simulation.
Access to the next generation of data-driven technologies is best for Europe to achieve digital sovereignty.
HPE has strong partnerships in Europe with the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JEU), a Luxembourg-based legal and funding body created in 2018 to pave the way for European supercomputing.
As part of the EuroHPC JU, HPE designed and built the LUMI supercomputer for the Finnish CSC – IT Center for Science, based on the Cray EX architecture, considered a “pre-scales” supercomputer that can reach up to 550 petaflops. , A little more than half the exaflop, and the Carolina supercomputer for the Czech Republic’s IT4 innovation.
In addition, HPE has invested in research and development initiatives such as Grenoble’s Center of Excellence and supports the “AI for Humanity” initiative to advance the industry and boost economic growth. To this end, the company has expanded its AI partnership in France for the upcoming Adastra supercomputer for GENCI-CINES, Jean Zay supercomputer for GENCI and a supercomputer for Maison de l’Intelligence Artificelle.
European site for supercomputing and AI solutions
Kutna Hora Plant will manufacture and ship two main product lines:
- For HPE Apollo systems, supercomputing and AI application needs, as well as modeling and artificial intelligence training,
- The HPE Cray EX supercomputer is designed to support next-generation supercomputers to deliver unprecedented performance and tackle the most complex scientific and AI tasks.
Both product lines offer end-to-end supercomputing and AI capabilities, spanning computing, accelerated computing, software, networking, storage and liquid cooling capabilities.
The plant is also designed to meet the specific production requirements of HPE’s liquid-cooled HPC and AI systems, the ideal cooling alternative for high-performance systems. The floor has been reinforced to support the weight of the HPE Cray EX supercomputers, which weigh up to 3,628 kg per cabinet, and a water circuit between the supercomputer and the roof of the building helps to cool the hot water.
Foxconn, a long-time HPE partner, will support product production and shipping to meet HPE customer orders in Europe, as it already does for HPE’s main site in Kutna Horat.