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HPE and NASA Experiment With a Supercomputer That Could Help Us Get to Mars


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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced a year-long joint experiment in which a "Spaceborne Computer" will be set up at the International Space Station, with a goal of eventually sending a manned mission to Mars.

The Spaceborne Computer will include a high-speed, high-performance computing (HPC) interconnect running an open source Linux operating system. HPE's Alain Andreoli says the system could remove communication latencies, which can "make any on-the-ground exploration challenging and potentially dangerous if astronauts are met with any mission-critical scenarios that they're not able to solve themselves." The Spaceborne Computer's software is designed to tolerate the rigors of space, with a water-cooled envelope for the hardware helping keep the supercomputer safe.

Andreoli says the experiment will "spark discoveries for how to improve [HPC] on Earth and potentially have a ripple effect in other areas of technology innovation."

From TechRepublic 
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