PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 27, 2011 – HP today announced that Airbus, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, has doubled its usable supercomputing power with containerized HP Performance Optimized Datacenters (PODs).
In the final phase of a four-year high-performance computing (HPC) deployment, Airbus has taken delivery of two HP PODs, making this the world’s largest industrial HPC system and one of the first confirmed commercial HPC container contracts. This deployment is the 29th biggest computer in the world according to the official TOP500 Supercomputer list published on June 20.
Manufactured and tested by HP, the modular HP PODs were delivered to Airbus sites in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany. Each POD contains all the elements of an HP Converged Infrastructure, including servers, storage, networking, software, management, and integrated power and cooling. A total of 2,016 clustered HP ProLiant BL280 G6 blade servers enable the two 12 meter-long containers to deliver the equivalent of nearly 1,000 square meters of data center space.
The HP PODs have enabled Airbus to quickly expand data center capacity, boosting computing performance for aircraft development while saving space and energy. Compared to an installation in a nearby customer data center, the water-cooled HP PODs consume up to 40 percent less power. With a near-optimum Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.25 from The Green Grid™ consortium (1), Airbus decreased operating expenses while delivering power capacity in excess of 15 KW/m2.
It’s great to see how Airbus have benefited from using a range of HP technology including their POD containerized data centers and Converged Infrastructure to deliver double its usable supercomputing power. I’m off to read up more about the announcement.