HPE launches preintegrated software stack for high performance computing

HPE's rollout for HPC deployments is designed to popularize the hardware within more enterprises.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Hewlett Packard Enterprise launched a software defined platform and updated its servers to better target the high performance computing (HPC) market within the enterprise.

The announcements, which land as ISC HPC conference kicks off in Frankfurt, Germany, also include a new ANSYS computer-aided engineering system for simulations.

HPE is aiming to popularize HPC within industries such as energy, life sciences, financial services and manufacturing. HPC has typically been confined to research institutions, but is becoming more mainstream. For HPE and other hardware vendors, HPC has the potential to offset slowing standard server sales.


According to HPE, its approach to HPC is designed to simplify deployments with a software defined approach. The lead announcement for HPE is its Core HPC Software Stack that includes cluster management tools. The preintegrated stack is a software suite that combines open source applications, dev tool, libraries and cluster management. The software is designed to enable administrators, engineers and researchers deploy various HPC environments.

HPE is also rolling out new systems--Apollo 2000 and Apollo 6000--to go along with its Core HPC Software Stack. The Apollo 6000 system has new ProLiant-based server trays and the latest Intel Xeon Phi processor.

The Apollo 2000 system also gets various fabric options to better scale. Both systems will have the latest InfiniBand technologies from Mellanox.

As for targeting industries, HPE rolled out its ANSYS-based software for engineering in manufacturing.

Most of the products are available now with the exception of the HPE Apollo 6000 systems with the ProLiant XL260a server trays.

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