Airbus Completes Data Center Transformation with HP PODs

Aircraft manufacturer’s containerized HP supercomputer is world’s largest industrial high-performance computing system

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today announced that Airbus, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, has doubled its usable supercomputing power with containerized HP Performance Optimized Datacenters (PODs).

In the final phase of a four-year high-performance computing (HPC) deployment, Airbus has taken delivery of two HP PODs, making this the world’s largest industrial HPC system and one of the first confirmed commercial HPC container contracts. This deployment is the 29th biggest computer in the world according to the official TOP500 Supercomputer list published on June 20.

Manufactured and tested by HP, the modular HP PODs were delivered to Airbus sites in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany. Each POD contains all the elements of an HP Converged Infrastructure, including servers, storage, networking, software, management, and integrated power and cooling. A total of 2,016 clustered HP ProLiant BL280 G6 blade servers enable the two 12 meter-long containers to deliver the equivalent of nearly 1,000 square meters of data center space.

The HP PODs have enabled Airbus to quickly expand data center capacity, boosting computing performance for aircraft development while saving space and energy. Compared to an installation in a nearby customer data center, the water-cooled HP PODs consume up to 40 percent less power. With a near-optimum Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.25 from The Green Grid™ consortium,(1) Airbus decreased operating expenses while delivering power capacity in excess of 15 KW/m2.

HP Enterprise Services provides data center services for Airbus, while HP Technology Services managed the transportation, deployment and commissioning at the customer site. For this project, HP managed the preparation of the new infrastructure, the technology decisions and the technical elements of the transition.

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(1) PUE is a standard developed by The Green Grid consortium to define how much power is devoted to driving the actual computing/IT components) versus the ancillary support elements such as cooling and lighting. The optimum data center energy-efficiency PUE is 1, indicating that a greater portion of the power required by the facility is used to drive the IT equipment. A PUE score of 3, for example, indicates that the data center demand is three times greater than the energy necessary to power the IT equipment.


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