Achieving Long-Term Performance and Sustainability with Leading HPC Systems

By Bill Mannel, Vice President & General Manager – High Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

July 28, 2017

In the age of digital advancement, technology is rapidly expanding the boundaries of human knowledge. Evolving compute capabilities are enabling us to better predict climate change, make astronomical calculations, simulate 3D prototypes, sequence genomes, and much more.

Innovation is crucial to success, and today’s IT developers are racing to deliver the fastest, most powerful, and most efficient machines. High performance computing (HPC) technologies are paving the way to a new era of intelligence, helping us derive insight from explosive data volumes in order to solve increasingly complex issues. From life, earth, and space sciences, to banking, manufacturing, and national security, HPC solutions are transforming the way we see the world.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is empowering IT innovation with new optimized systems designed to increase productivity, accelerate HPC workloads, and deliver unmatched levels of energy efficiency.


HPE is committed to delivering a better compute experience with superior speed and efficiency. To achieve this, we recently introduced the HPE SGI 8600 (formerly the SGI ICE XA), a sixth-generation system designed to execute HPC workloads at petaflop speed. The 8600 is purpose-built to optimize IT capabilities while reducing deployment time, maintenance, and support costs.

Powered by this robust system, the TSUBAME 3.0 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is ideal for powering data-heavy research environments. With direct liquid cooling of high-wattage components, including CPUs and GPUs, this HPC cluster leverages low operating costs and energy expenditures for increased return on investment. TSUBAME delivers optimal energy efficiency and performance, and the industry is taking notice.

Pictured Left to Right: Prof. Jack Dongarra, Nic Dubé, Bill Mannel, Prof. Satoshi Matsuoka, Prof. Akira Nukada, and Prof. Wu Feng.

According to the TOP500, HPE now makes up 28.6% of the list (143 machines), surpassing runners-up Lenovo by 55 machines and Cray by 86. With the addition of SGI-based systems, HPE also ranks second in overall performance at 16.6%, up from 15.8% in November.

In addition to climbing the TOP500 list, HPE has gained recognition in the Green500, which acknowledges energy-efficient performance for sustainable supercomputing. On June 19th, TSUBAME 3.0 (#61 in the TOP500) received the Green500 Award for the most energy efficient system. For the first time ever, this secured HPE the #1 ranked system in the Green500 and largest presence in both the TOP500 and Green500 extending our leadership in energy efficiency and HPC innovation.


The HPE SGI 8600 is designed with three key value propositions:

  • Delivering the world’s fastest clustered system. Based on industry standard x86 socket servers, the 8600 remains one of the fastest distributed memory supercomputers, facilitating industry-leading performance and accelerating insight.
  • Creating a powerful and easy-to-use infrastructure. This server enables clusters to run commercial off-the-shelf operating systems and applications, which dramatically reduces time-to-solution and creates an environment that is integrated and simple to manage. The HPE SGI Management Suite supports provisioning thousands of nodes in minutes and provides detailed system monitoring for enhanced power management and even greater productivity.
  • Ensuring cost-effective, high-level performance. Through superior power and cooling capabilities coupled with advanced power management, the 8600 leverages greater density, scale, and efficiency than ever before. Its E-cell based design provide power, cooling, system control, and network fabric for up to 9 compute trays and scaling to thousands of nodes, while direct cooling liquid moderates energy consumption to execute HPC workloads at petaflop speed.

Nic Dube, Chief Technologist for the Advanced Development Team, highlights that following the SGI acquisition, “We selected the best technologies from both sides, and TSUBAME 3.0 sitting at the top of the Green500 is a testament to the strength of the combined product portfolio. In bringing together two of the best HPC engineering teams, the future is bright for next generation HPC platforms at HPE, lining up to provide ever-increasing performance while driving true market leadership in energy efficiency.”

According to Satoshi Matsuoka, TSUBAME leader and Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the partnership with HPE “has worked successfully to deliver the world’s most energy efficient HPC and deep learning platform—and we look forward to further collaboration on the path to capable supercomputers and sustainable HPC innovation.”

Today, HPE received the Green500 Award for our petascale system. Our next goal is the quest for exascale leadership. Don’t miss a second of this exciting journey into the new frontier of HPC. Follow us on Twitter at @HPE_HPC, and visit my channel at @Bill_Mannel for the latest HPE news and updates.

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