by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces New Apollo Systems For AI & HPC

This year at Super Computing 2017 in Denver, Colorado, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it is expanding its Apollo line to include new high-density compute and storage solutions aimed at high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The company is also announcing a new LTO-8 tape. HPE will be featuring its HPC and AI portfolio at Supercomputing ‘17 conference, booth #925.

HPC and AI have moved from the fringes to the mainstream. These technologies are now being used for use cases such as financial trading, computer-aided design and engineering, video surveillance, and text analytics: all of which can drive new revenue streams and more efficient operations. However these areas need parallel processing of large, unstructured data sets. Another issue that needs to be contended with, is the massive amount of data being generated and efficient means of storing it. HPE has expanded its Apollo line to address the above issues.

The new and enhanced HPE offerings introduced include:

  • HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 System: This next-generation dense, multi-server platform with a “plug and play” system configuration is ideal for customers with limited data center space who are looking to support enterprise HPC and deep learning applications. This platform expands easily with a scale-out architecture while leveraging the efficiencies of a shared infrastructure. HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 supports NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators to enable deep learning training and inference across a wide variety of usages such as real-time video analytics for public safety. The system uses Intelligent System Tuning to accelerate application performance. As part of the world’s most secure industry standard server family, it includes proprietary HPE firmware security features such as the HPE iLO5 server management and Silicon Root of Trust.
  • HPE Apollo 70: This dense, scalable platform – and HPE’s first ARM-based HPC system – brings more choice and flexibility to HPC customers. It provides easy access to HPC technology with support for standard HPE provisioning, cluster management and performance software. The Apollo 70, using Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8-A ThunderX2 Server Processor, is purpose-built for memory intensive HPC workloads and delivers up to 33 percent more memory bandwidth than today’s industry standard servers. The Apollo 70 also provides access to HPE’s partnership ecosystem delivering key HPC components including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM, and Mellanox high-speed InfiniBand & Ethernet fabric solutions.
  • HPE Apollo 4510 Gen10 System: This next generation system is purpose-built for object storage and delivers one of the highest storage capacities in any standard depth 4U server, with up to 600TB per system. The platform is ideal for customers looking to optimize the retention and placement of massive amounts of data, using object storage as an active archive with immediate access to structured and unstructured data. The HPE Apollo 4510 Gen10 delivers greater performance with 16 percent more cores than the previous generation. New support for NVMe cards can be used as an efficient Scality RING metadata cache enabling 100 percent of bulk drive bays for object data storage. In addition, the HPE Apollo 4510 Gen10 features a new front-loading, dual-drawer design with standard rack depth to help customers easily maintain their systems.
  • HPE LTO-8 Tape: Tape is seeing a resurgence in its use as an added layer of protection against cybercrime and ransomware attacks to lower data center risk with reliable offline and off-premises data protection. HPE’s new long-term retention solution allows customers to offload primary storage to tape while reducing the cost of storing data overtime. With up to 30 terabytes storage capacity per tape cartridge, the new HPE LTO-8 data cartridge provides double the capacity in the same data center footprint as the previous LTO-7 generation – making it a perfect fit for HPC data centers. The HPE T950 tape library now securely stores up to 300.6 petabytes of data, while the HPE TFinity ExaScale tape library provides storage capacity for up to 1.6 exabytes of data. In addition, LTO-8 full height drives offer up to 360MB/s transfer rate speeds, a 20 percent performance increase from the LTO-7 generation.

Availability

The HPE Apollo 2000 and HPE Apollo 4510 are available tnow. The HPE LTO-8 Tape is expected to become available in December 2017 and the HPE Apollo 70 is expected to be available in 2018.

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