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HPE Building Eagle Supercomputer for U.S. Department of Energy

Friday Aug 17th 2018 by Sean Michael Kerner

New system will be used to help study renewable energy.

HPE announced on Aug. 14 it is building a new supercomputer for the U.S. Department of Energy that will be used at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The HPE Eagle system is set to have 8 petaflops of peak performance, more than tripling the 2.26 petaflops of NREL's existing Pergrine HPC system. Eagle will run on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, providing 76,104 compute cores running on 2,144 dual-socket computes nodes. Networking on the HPE Eagle comes from Mellanox's EDR InfiniBand fabric.

The core system building block for Eagle is the HPE SGI 8600 system. HPE acquired SGI for $275 million in August 2016.

The new HPE Eagle system itself will be highly energy efficient, re-capturing 97 of wasted heat in other areas of the same hosted facility.

"We are strongly committed to architecting technologies that power the next wave of supercomputing and are creating advanced HPC systems while scaling energy efficiency in data centers, to get us there," Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC and AI Group, HPE, stated. "Through Eagle and our overall ongoing collaboration with the U.S. DOE and NREL, we are advancing research to bolster innovation in energy and sustainability."

The Eagle will add to the roster of supercomputers in the U.S., which has already grown in 2018, thanks in no small part to the addition of the IBM-built 122.3 petaflop Summit system.

"With Eagle, we are gaining significant compute power to boost scientific discovery efforts and support our mission in advancing innovation in energy technologies," Steve Hammond, director of NREL’s Computational Science Center, wrote in a statement.

"By collaborating with HPE, we are gaining better tools to improve simulation and modeling across complex events to unlock new insights," Hammond continued.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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