NASA Aitken Supercomputer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) officially announced today that it has custom-built a new supercomputer, called Aitken, for NASA’s Ames Research Center to support modeling and simulations of entry, descent, and landing (EDL) for the agency’s missions and Artemis program. This mission aims to land the next humans on the lunar South Pole region by 2024. Read more for a video and additional information.

It’s capable of running 3.69 petaflops of theoretical performance, complete with 221 TB of storage, 1,150 nodes, a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.03, 46,080 cores and an HPE SGI 8600 system using second-generation Intel Xeon processors with Mellanox InfiniBand for networking.

“HPE has a longstanding collaboration with NASA Ames, and together, we continue to build innovative HPC technologies to fuel space and science discovery that increase overall efficiency and reduce costs. We are honored to have designed the new Aitken supercomputer and power capabilities for humanity’s next mission to the moon,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC and AI, at HPE.

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