August 13, 2017

"NASA and HPE are launching supercomputers into space -- using off-the-shelf hardware."

insights: If all goes well, on August 14, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bearing a Dragon spacecraft will launch for the International Space Station (ISS). by Steven Vaughan-Nichols

'On the spacecraft payload is the first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) high-performance computer to orbit the earth, which just so happens to be among the first supercomputers in space.

'This year-long experiment’s objective is to achieve a functional supercomputer for operation in space without spending years hardening it, using off-the-shelf servers and custom-built software. Based on this upcoming year-long experiment on the ISS, HPE and NASA are attempting to harden a computer using software by throttling its speed when there's a solar flare or other radiation hazard. If that can be achieved, says Dr. Eng Lim Goh, the mission’s principal investigator and vice president and chief technology officer for SGI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise,“Astronauts will have the latest computers available, increasing their on board capabilities – a factor that becomes essential as they travel further from Earth.”'

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