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HP enters supercomputing market with water-cooled Apollo system

James Niccolai | June 10, 2014
The server uses some new HP-patented techniques to keep water away from the hardware.

Using a water-cooled system means the Apollo 8000 can accommodate a lot of power-hungry processors in a small space. Each rack can accommodate up to 144 servers, each with dual-socket Xeon E5 processors and eight InfiniBand switches. Customers can start with a two-rack configuration, which includes a half-rack cooling unit that handles jobs like water intake and maintaining the water pressure and vacuum.

HP also launched the Apollo 6000, which it's aiming at enterprises for tasks like design automation and financial service risk analysis. It can fit 160 servers in a rack, each with two Intel Xeon E3-1200 processors and two 10GbE FlexibleLOM cards. Future systems will target higher I/O bandwidth applications, HP said.

HP said it couldn't give prices for the systems because the configuration options are too varied.


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