Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has signed a deal with HP to boost its high-performance computing (HPC) kit to 1,200 teraflops to help with its work designing and building aeroplanes.
HP will provide the new computing power from Performance Optimised Data Centres (PODs) that will be deployed at Airbus’s facilities in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany.
The new PODs feature a pre-integrated HP ProLiant server blade and the latest Intel processors, and will be updated regularly over the next five years to help Airbus keep pace with its development needs.
The CIO of Airbus Guus Dekkers said this was vital to ensure its teams can do their work delivering new and improved aircraft.
“Over the next five years, HP will continue to enhance our PODs by boosting capacity and raising energy efficiency while providing increased availability, resilience and security,” he said. “This will further support Airbus engineering teams in aircraft development.”
Peter Ryan, HP’s senior vice president and general manager for its European Enterprise Group, said the deal underlined the importance of HPC systems to major companies. “Organisations like Airbus need creative scenarios to cater for future business needs. HP will continue to provide the newest, most powerful technology and operations to support Airbus’s HPC for the next five years.”
HP’s Centre of Excellence for High Performance Computing in Grenoble, France, optimised cluster performance and effectiveness in the PODs, while HP Enterprise Services configured the clusters to integrate into Airbus’s existing POD deployments, the company said.
HP recently unveiled updates to its HPC portfolio at its annual Discover event in Las Vegas, with a new Apollo 6000 system designed to deliver HPC at a cost more suitable to medium-sized businesses.