HPE, Arm and SUSE team up with Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh and Leicester to build three supercomputer clusters, running more than 12,000 Arm-based cores, hosted by HPE Apollo 70 HPC systems.

It’s official: the supercomputer arms race is getting hotter by the minute.

This will see the six partners collaborate to develop and deploy one of the largest Arm-based high performance computing (HPC) installations in the world – at a budget the partners declined to reveal, other than to describe as “substantial”.

The clusters at each university will be largely identical, consisting of 64 HPE Apollo 70 systems, each equipped with two 32 core Cavium ThunderX2 processors, 128GB of memory composed of 16 DDR4 DIMMs with Mellanox InfiniBand interconnects.

Mike Vildibill, VP, Advanced Technologies Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise said: “We are currently seeing an insatiable demand for compute performance, as companies seek to gain actionable insights from their data.

As we embark on the global race towards more powerful and eventually exascale [computers that can execute a billion billion calculations per second] systems, new approaches and technologies are needed to tackle some of the key challenges in achieving these levels of performance, such as rising energy consumption.”

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