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HP Brings Liquid Cooling to Apollo High-Performance Server Portfolio

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted June 9, 2014

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is kicking off its Discover conference today in Las Vegas by announcing new Apollo Servers for the High-Performance Computing (HPC) space.

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At the top of the new HPC server portfolio is the Apollo 8000, a liquid-cooled server solution. Density is a key attribute for the Apollo servers, HP Apollo 8000and with the Apollo 8000 up to 144 servers can be combined in a single rack. From a management perspective, the HP Apollo 8000 System Manager provides management functionality for the server rack.

Networking connectivity is enabled with the new HP Infiniband switch for the Apollo 8000 system. Each Infiniband switch has 36 ports, with 18 uplinks and 18 downlinks for node connectivity. Up to 8 Infiniband switches can be deployed in a single Apollo 8000 rack.

The Apollo 6000 system is the other new HPC system, with enough capacity to handle up 160 HP ProLiant XL220a Servers in one 48U rack. With the Apollo systems, HP is claiming significant gains in overall density. With the Apollo 6000 specifically, HP claims that in the space that normally could only accommodate five traditional servers, the Apollo system can fit 20.

"Demand for HPC applications across industries is growing rapidly, and today’s data centers are ill-equipped to handle the extensive space, power and infrastructure necessary to run the required level of processing power," said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, Servers and Networking, HP, in a statement.

Delivering Power and Cooling Innovations as Well

Density alone is only part of the equation, with power and cooling innovations being another key part of the Apollo's innovation story.

HP claims that the Apollo 6000, for example, consumes 46 percent less energy than a competitive blade system delivering an equivalent level of performance. On the Apollo 8000, HP notes that liquid cooling provides 1,000 times the efficiency of air-based cooling.

"Leveraging the efficiency of HP Apollo 8000, we expect to save $800,000 in operating expenses per year," said Steve Hammond, director, Computational Science Center, NREL, in a statement.

Converged Systems

HP is also expanding and improving on its Converged Systems portfolio of servers. The HP ConvergedSystem 300 and 700 for Virtualization are being integrated with the HP OneView management system. The basic idea behind OneView is to enable a single platform for management of servers, networking and storage.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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