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HPE, NASA Develop ‘Aitken’ Supercomputer to Support Manned Lunar Missions

Jeff Brody

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has developed a supercomputer named after astronomer Robert Grant Aitken designed to help NASA’s Ames Research Center run modeling and simulations to support the space agency’s lunar missions.

The Aitken supercomputer will run simulations of entry, descent and landing at 3.69 petaFLOPs of theoretical performance in support of NASA’s Artemis mission, which seeks to bring astronauts to the moon by 2024, HPE said Thursday.

Aitken is based on the HPE SGI 8600 high-performance computing system integrating Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors, Mellanox InfiniBand and Schneider Electric SmartShelter Containers. It features over 46,000 cores, 221 terabytes of memory and 1,150 nodes.

Aitken is located at NASA Ames’ modular supercomputing facility in Mountain View, Calif., and is a product of the four-year partnership between HPE and Ames.

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