HPE to Open AI Supercomputer Factory in the Czech Republic | Knowledge of the data center


HPE is building its first European factory for AI systems, in a move the company says will “mature AL and ML initiatives and strengthen innovation.”

The site, located in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, will adjoin the company’s European server and storage manufacturing facility.

The new factory, which will open this summer, will also be responsible for manufacturing next-generation high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

The Kutná Hora site will give HPE the ability to manufacture hardware “while increasing supply chain viability and resiliency,” said Justin Hotard, executive vice president and corporate general manager for HPC & HAVE.

A rendering of what the site should look like (Credit: HPE)

The newly announced factory becomes HPE’s fourth global HPC manufacturing site. His latest venture is being built in conjunction with Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.), the Taiwanese contractor that also works with Apple, Xiaomi and Kneron.

The plant will manufacture and ship two primary products: HPE Apollo systems and HPE Cray EX supercomputers.

Apollo is designed for HPC applications, including AI modeling and training. The 2000 Gen10 Plus version can support up to four hot-pluggable servers in a 2U chassis.

The Cray EX, on the other hand, is a high-density, liquid-cooled, blade-based cluster system. Its cabinets are sealed, so exhaust-heated air isn’t distributed throughout the larger data center — though each cabinet weighs 8,000 pounds.

The Cray EX will be the basis of one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The Alps system, which is being developed by Nvidia, HPE and the Swiss National Center for Intensive Computing (CSCS), is expected to go live in 2023 and will be used for research purposes in areas such as quantum chemistry and astrophysics. . HPE acquired supercomputer company Cray in a $1.4 billion deal in 2019.

“Both product lines each offer end-to-end HPC and AI capabilities spanning compute, accelerated compute, software, networking, storage, and liquid cooling capabilities,” a statement from HPE said.

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