RFHPC212: Inside the Spaceborne Supercomputer from HPE

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team sits down with Mark Fernandez from HPE to discuss the Spaceborne Supercomputer that it currently orbiting the planet in the International Space Station.

Last week, HPE announced it is opening high-performance computing capabilities to astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) as part of its continued experiments on the Spaceborne Computer project.

Spaceborne Computer is the first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) supercomputer that HPE and NASA launched into space for a one-year experiment to test resiliency and performance, achieving one teraFLOP (a trillion floating point operations per second) and successfully operating on the International Space Station (ISS).  After completing its one-year mission proving it can withstand harsh conditions of space – such as zero gravity, unscheduled power outages, and unpredictable levels of radiation – Spaceborne Computer will now, for the first time ever, open its supercomputing capabilities for use aboard the ISS. These “above-the-cloud” services will allow space explorers and experimenters to run analyses directly in space instead of transmitting data to and from Earth for insight.

Our mission is to bring innovative technologies to fuel the next frontier, whether on Earth or in space, and make breakthrough discoveries we have never imagined before,” said Dr. Eng Lim Goh, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, HPC and AI, HPE. “After gaining significant insights from our first successful experiment with Spaceborne Computer, we are continuing to test its potential by opening up above-the-cloud HPC capabilities to ISS researchers, empowering them to take space exploration to a new level.”

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin saw some cartoony Beethoven thing that he liked a lot. He also like this video of artists from over 124 countries singing Ghandi’s favorite bhajan, “Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye.”
  • Dan likes the story about the European HPC Handbook. You can’t tell all the players without a program.
    • Dan is starting a 4800 mile road tour on his roundtrip to Dallas for SC18. He’s hitting all the labs and supercomputer centers he can along the way.
  • Rich is proud to announce that his first documentary film has already raised $700 for the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.

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