Airbus Enhances Supercomputing Capabilities with HP PODs

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard has announced that Airbus - one of the leading names in the aircraft manufacturing industry, has expanded its existing supercomputing capabilities by 200 percent with the help of containerized HP Performance Optimized Datacentres (PODs).

HP stated that in the final phase of the four-year HPC (high performance computing) deployment, the aircraft manufacturer has incorporated a pair of new HP PODs into its tech arsenal. With this move, Airbus can now boast of being in possession of the largest HPC system in the world.

Also, the new deal between the two companies, have thus become one of the first commercial high-performance-computing contract.

Both the PODs were made, and tested by HP, before being delivered to Airbus sites in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany. The PODs contain in them storage, servers, software, networking, integrated power, cooling as well as management features.

Off late, the trend of using containerised data centres have emerged as a much sought after solution for those organisation, who are looking for a temporary capacity, or lacks the time, or a proper infrastructure to build a permanent data centre.

HP also claims that the new PODs are far more power efficient in comparison to any standard, permanent data centre, and consumes up to 40 percent less energy.