HPE to build new supercomputer for Thailand science agency

It will be 30 times faster than the agency’s existing system and is set to be operational in 2022

HPE is set to build a new supercomputer for Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), which will be 30 times faster than its existing system and is expected to be installed and operational in 2022.

The new supercomputer will be built using the HPE Cray EX system, an end-to-end, scalable high-performance computing platform, and allow scientists and engineers to advance their research in areas like weather forecasting, renewable energy, and pharmaceuticals.

It will also feature 496 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors to run modelling and simulation workloads at a faster rate, and 704 Nvidia A100 Tensor Core GPUs to improve graphics in image-intensive data and accelerate AI in traditional HPC applications.

The system will use HPE Slingshot, an Ethernet fabric for next-generation supercomputing to address higher speed and congestion control for larger data-intensive and AI workloads. Also, to help store and share a higher volume of complex data, HPE will integrate its Cray Clusterstor E1000 storage system for expanded storage and intelligent tiering capabilities. HPE said it expects the supercomputer to deliver 13 petaflops of peak performance.

With the new supercomputer, researchers will be able to boost Thailand’s healthcare industry with advanced biopharmaceutical techniques, increase the country’s energy supply with renewable and sustainable sources, and create real-time awareness of weather conditions by speeding up weather predictions.

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“We are honored to collaborate with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) to design its new supercomputer using the HPE Cray EX system,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing, at HPE. “NSTDA’s new supercomputer, which will deliver a new set of capabilities for researchers, scientists and engineers, represents a significant leap in innovation for Thailand that will unlock new economic and societal value for the nation and its people.”

The new supercomputer will be hosted in the NSTDA Supercomputer centre and will support all research communities in Thailand across public and private organisations.

This comes after HPE signed a $2 billion computing deal with the US National Security Agency (NSA) in September to provide high-performance computing services. The agreement spans for 10 years and will see HPE provide the agency with on-premises cloud computing services through its Greenlake offering.

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