Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has updated the firm's high-performance computing (HPC) portfolio with Xeon Phi server tray options for the Apollo 6000 system, and its own software stack designed for running HPC infrastructure.
HPE is one of the first vendors officially to announce systems based on the recently launched latest generation of Intel's Xeon Phi processor family. This takes the form of new ProLiant XL260a server tray modules for the Apollo 6000 chassis, which also uses Intel's Omni-Path high-speed interconnect.
Existing server trays for the Apollo 6000 chassis are based on Intel's Xeon chips, but the new Xeon Phi 7200 series, otherwise known as Knights Landing, are designed specifically for HPC workloads and feature up to 72 cores on a single chip.
HPE has also enhanced the Apollo 6000 and Apollo 2000 systems with next-generation 100Gbps InfiniBand solutions from Mellanox to deliver low latency and high bandwidth networking for HPC clusters, and provide customers with further choice and flexibility.
HPE Apollo 6000 systems with the new ProLiant XL260a server trays will be available in September through the firm's channel partners.
Meanwhile, HPE has announced its own software suite for operating HPC clusters, including those built around the ProLiant XL260a. The HPE Core HPC Software Stack is a pre-integrated and pre-tested portfolio of software that combines open source tools along with products including HPC Cluster Setup Tool, HPE Cluster Test and HPE Insight CMU v8.0.
The HPE Core HPC Software Stack contains many open source components, resulting in a suite of tools that is very similar to the OpenHPC suite, which addresses the same requirements and which Intel's HPC Orchestrator software for Xeon Phi is based on. Intel and HPE are both backers of the OpenHPC project.
According to HPE, development of its Core HPC Software Stack was begun before the first OpenHPC distribution and was done separately. Nevertheless, the workload schedulers, the development tools, and MPI libraries are essentially identical.
However, HPE told V3 that its Insight Cluster Management Utility (CMU) offers tremendously more value to customers than the Warewulf software included in the OpenHPC stack. Also, the HPE Core Stack includes development components from Nvidia and Mellanox, who are not members of OpenHPC.
Future versions of the HPE Core HPC stack may be developed using the OpenHPC repositories for greater compatibility between the two, the firm said, but will still incorporate HPE's own software where these offer more functionality than the open source tools.
HPE also released an update of the HPE ANSYS solution for computer aided engineering designed to help organisations scale compute power to better meet the requirements of increasingly complex simulation models.
"Today we are excited to unveil new additions to our recently announced portfolio capabilities designed to accelerate accessibility and time to value for HPC by significantly simplifying deployments, streamlining management and boosting performance," said Bill Mannel, HPE vice president and general manager for HPC, big data and IoT servers.
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