Organisations running complex HPC and Big Data workloads, such as modelling, simulation, high frequency trading and deep learning are now able to modernize their data centres with infrastructure solutions that are purpose-built and optimized to analyze, massive volumes of data with speed, scale and efficiency. IDC forecasts robust growth of the worldwide HPC market from $21 billion in 2015 to $31 billion in 2019.
"As high performance and webscale applications become mainstream, HPE's continued focus on this market is yielding positive results for our customers", stated Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC, Big Data and IoT Servers, HPE. "Already, more than a third of the HPC market is using HPE compute platforms to enhance scientific and business innovation and gain a competitive edge. Today's announcement reinforces our commitment to delivering new infrastructure solutions that satisfy our customers' insatiable need for massive compute power to fuel new applications and unlock the value of their data.
Deep learning algorithms are exploding in the industry as organizations are under competitive pressure to support the increasing sophistication of simulation and machine learning models. With up to eight high performance NVIDIA GPU cards designed for maximum transfer bandwidth, the HPE Apollo 6500System is purpose-built for deep learning applications. Its high ratio of GPUs to CPUs, dense 4U form factor and efficient design enable organizations to run deep learning recommendation algorithms faster and more efficiently, significantly reducing model training time and accelerating the delivery of real-time results, all while controlling costs.
When used with comprehensive GPU computing platforms like the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, the HPE Apollo 6500 provides maximum GPU processing capacity across a broad ecosystem of tools. The HPE Apollo 6500 is designed to support deep learning computing platforms and application programming interface models, such as Caffe, CUDA, Torch, Theano, Tensorflow, the NVIDIA Deep Learning SDK, and the newly announced Cognitive Computing Toolkit from HPE.
"To handle the unprecedented demands of today's large, complex workloads, the HPC industry has turned to GPU acceleration to deliver the necessary computational performance. The high-density GPU design of the HPE Apollo 6500 maximizes the power of accelerated computing to drive the most computationally intensive deep learning, big data analytics and other HPC applications", stated Ian Buck, vice president of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA.
Most HPC-specific storage solutions on the market today are closed appliances, which limits flexibility for customers, drawing IT organizations into vendor lock-in. The HPE Apollo 4520 System is designed to give customers the opportunity to implement reliable open and supported parallel file system architectures to address their HPC storage needs.
The HPE Apollo 4520, a dual-node system with high performance fabrics and drive failover, is specifically designed to support Lustre implementations. In turn, customers who are looking to accelerate innovation have the choice to implement either an HPE supported Lustre solution, based on the Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software or Open Source Lustre with community support. Through HPE's contributions to the Lustre community as well as tight integration with Open ZFS and Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software, the Apollo 4520 solution delivers industry-leading resiliency and flexibility to meet customers' most demanding requirements.
"Workload-optimized storage is essential for organizations running high-performance systems to deliver smarter, data-driven decisions. With Intel Enterprise Edition of Lustre on the Apollo 4520, customers are able to realize the flexibility of open-source software with the extreme density of HPE storage hardware. The innovative Apollo 4520 solution was made possible by the HPC alliance with HPE. We look forward to further collaborations to address customers' most complex HPC needs through the Intel Scalable System Framework", stated Charles Wuischpard, vice president Datacenter Group, GM High Performance Computing Platform Group at Intel.
"From the validation of Lustre on Open ZFS for enhanced performance tuning, to the hardware support for our development of a S3 HSM copy tool for Lustre, HPE has constantly been at the forefront of innovations for the Lustre community", stated Frederick Lefebvre, HPC System Architect at Calcul Quebec, University Laval, Quebec City. "The new HPE Apollo 4520 is a highly flexible foundation for HPC storage innovation and enables Calcul Quebec to provide our users with an optimized solution that is highly scalable with a very compelling TCO."
To help financial services customers boost business productivity, gain competitive differentiation in high-frequency trading performance, and manage increasing regulatory compliance needs, HPE is introducing a number of new industry solutions:
In addition to these new industry solutions, HPE is releasing an innovative edition of Vertica for Hadoop-configured Apollo and Proliant platforms. The company will also be issuing reference architectures for optimizing HPE Vertica for SQL on Hadoop to deliver fast, advanced analytics. This combined offering helps organisations tackle their largest analytics challenges to support any Hadoop distribution.
"Enterprises across diverse industries are challenged by the demanding performance, scale and efficiency requirements of complex simulation, modeling and analytics problems", stated Steve Conway, IDC research vice president for high performance computing and data analysis. "HPE's new HPC solutions feature innovations in systems design, workload optimization, density optimization and open source software that are designed to accelerate time-to-value in areas such as deep learning, energy exploration and mechanical design, as well as financial trading and regulatory compliance."
To help customers with their HPC environments, HPE offers skilled and experienced professionals to deliver a comprehensive range of design, deploy and management services.
The HPE Apollo 6500 will be available in Q3 2016. The HPE Apollo 4520 will be available on April 18, 2016. The HPE Apollo 4520 chassis will start at $8500 USD. FSI solutions are available now and pricing will vary based on customer requirements.