Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and SiPearl announced a partnership to develop a supercomputing offering using SiPearl’s Rhea processor, an Arm-based CPU, targeted to power exascale performance for European systems.
The collaboration between HPE and SiPearl supports a larger effort and strategy set by the EuroHPC, an initiative that began in late 2018 between the EU, European countries and industry technology partners to coordinate and combine resources to develop pre-exascale and exascale supercomputers in Europe, and position the continent as a leader in supercomputing.
Justin Hotard, executive vice president and general manager, HPC & AI, HPE, said: “In addition to our recent investments in a new HPC factory in Czech Republic and an AI cluster, dedicated to research, in Grenoble, France, our partnership with SiPearl is another demonstration of HPE’s commitment to support Europe’s mission to deliver supercomputing that extends its sovereignty and competitiveness on the global stage.”
By combining SiPearl’s Rhea with HPE’s supercomputing solutions, HPE and SiPearl will deliver a broad set of advanced HPC and AI technologies, leveraging the upcoming European processor. These technologies span capabilities in high-performance networking, using HPE Slingshot, and a robust software complier and programming stack leveraging the HPE Cray Programming Environment.
The collaboration demonstrates the increased value of developing heterogenous computing solutions, which includes a growing ecosystem of Arm-based processors, such as SiPearl’s Rhea, to provide supercomputing options that deliver improved cost and power consumption.
Philippe Notton, CEO and founder, SiPearl, said: “With the integration of our Rhea HPC microprocessor into the HPE portfolio and the creation of a joint center of excellence in Europe to enable the adoption of our combined solution by supercomputer end-users, we will drive innovation in the exascale era.”
Additionally, the partnership will deliver joint HPE and SiPearl solutions to HPE’s Center of Excellence (CoE) in Grenoble, France, which is home to France’s semiconductor research, to enable local access to users to test and optimize their products for market. The CoE staffs more than 300 engineers, and has a lab presence with specialists in areas such as energy, medicine, biotechnology, semiconductor, micro and nanotechnology, and nanoscience.