Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced on May 18 the construction of its first factory in Europe to support the development of exascale-class supercomputers and intelligence systems. The installation of this new site will not only accelerate deliveries to customers and strengthen the supplier ecosystem, but also advance scientific research, AL/ML initiatives and support innovation.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the result of the split in November 2015 of the Hewlett-Packard company. It brings together the latter’s activities in servers, networking, storage, software and business services. The dedicated HPC facility, which will begin construction next summer in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, will be the fourth of HPE’s global HPC manufacturing sites. It will be installed near its manufacturing plant for servers and storage solutions.
Justin Hotard, executive vice president and general manager, HPC & AI, at HPE, said:
“When European organizations embrace next-generation supercomputers, they gain a powerful foundation to seize the opportunities of exponential data growth to accelerate scientific discovery, strengthen digital sovereignty and unlock innovation to deliver greater economic value. HPE is committed to continuing to support Europe in this endeavor and our new HPC plant in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic is another important investment, among our other R&D initiatives, that we have made in Europe. We are now able to manufacture the best supercomputing, HPC and AI systems in the industry, while increasing the viability and resilience of the supply chain. »
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 the field of health: it is used to develop and target personalized medical therapies for patients suffering from cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s or rare genetic diseases, but also for the discovery of new drugs. It also makes it possible to better anticipate the effects of global warming, to warn before the arrival of floods, storms or typhoons, thanks to simulations.
Access to next-generation data-driven technologies is paramount for Europe if it is to achieve digital sovereignty.
HPE has strong collaborations in Europe, including with the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), a Luxembourg-based legal and funding entity created in 2018 to pave the way for European supercomputing.
As part of the EuroHPC JU, HPE has designed and built the LUMI supercomputer for the CSC – IT Center for Science in Finland, based on its Cray EX architecture, considered a “pre-exascale” supercomputer that should reach 550 petaflops, a little over half an exaflop, and the Karolina supercomputer for IT4Innovations in the Czech Republic.
Additionally, HPE has invested in R&D initiatives such as its Center of Excellence in Grenoble and supports the “AI for Humanity” initiative to advance the industry and boost economic growth. To this end, the company has expanded its AI partnerships in France for the upcoming Adastra supercomputer for GENCI-CINES, the supercomputer Jean Zay for GENCI and a supercomputer for the House of Artificial Intelligence.
The European site for supercomputing and AI solutions
The Kutná Hora plant will manufacture and ship two main product lines:
- HPE Apollo systems, for demanding supercomputing and AI applications, as well as for modeling and artificial intelligence training,
- HPE Cray EX supercomputers, designed to support the next generation of supercomputers to deliver unprecedented performance and tackle the most complex scientific and AI tasks.
Both product lines each offer end-to-end supercomputing and AI capabilities, spanning compute, accelerated computing, software, networking, storage, and liquid cooling capabilities.
The plant is also designed to meet the specific manufacturing requirements of HPE’s liquid-cooled HPC and AI systems, which are ideal cooling options 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 supercomputers and the roof of the building helps cool the hot water.
Foxconn, a long-time HPE partner, will support product manufacturing and shipping to fulfill HPE customer orders in Europe, as it already does for HPE’s main site in Kutná Hora.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise announces the construction of its first factory dedicated to HPC and AI in Europe
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