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6 Ways HPE's Spaceborne Computer Is Driving Edge Computing Innovation

HPE's Spaceborne supercomputer is driving breakthrough innovation for the edge computing market. Here are six ways HPE's Spaceborne computing project with ‘above the cloud services’ is leading to big technology advances.

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Supercomputing In Space

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is for the first time bringing high-performance computing capabilities to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

HPE said Tuesday that it is bringing the astronauts what it calls "above the cloud supercomputing services" that can be done in real time at the edge in space rather than transmitting that data to and from earth.

"Instead of having to wait while we feed this data through a straw down to earth, we can now do the processing right there on the Space Station," said Dr. Mark Fernandez, Spaceborne computer payload developer and Americas High Performance Computing (HPC) Technology Officer for HPE.

The HPE Spaceborne Computer that is driving the intelligent edge innovation is based on the HPE Apollo 40 class supercomputer. The Spaceborne computer passed a one-year resilency test in space, achieving 1 teraflop (a trillion floating-point-operations-per-second) performance.

"It's a pretty powerful computer and we've proven that it can function [in space] and give you the right answers," said Fernandez.

The return to earth for the Spaceborne Computer is expected to be completed next February or March on SpaceX CRS-17. The commercial resupply service mission is being contracted by NASA on a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX, the private company founded by Elon Musk.

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