HPE wins $2 bn HPC contract from NSA

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has won a $2 billion contract to supply high-performance computing systems to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
HPE HPC as a service
HPE said NSA will use the systems for artificial intelligence computing as part of the 10-year technology deal. The system will be housed in a data center owned by QTS Realty Trust.

HPE will build and manage the system, and the NSA will pay to use it as a service. HPE said the NSA will start using the service in 2022.

The NSA is one of the United States’ top spy agencies, carrying out espionage against foreign countries and also maintaining a domestic cyber security arm that has faced criticism for seeking arrangements with technology companies to access unencrypted data.

“By using the HPE GreenLake platform, which delivers secure on-premises solutions as a service, the NSA is gaining industry-leading HPC solutions to tackle a range of complex data needs, but with a flexible, as a service experience,” Justin Hotard, senior vice president and general manager, HPC and Mission Critical Solutions (MCS) at HPE, said.

HPE said the new service includes a combination of HPE Apollo systems and HPE ProLiant servers, which ingest and process high volumes of data, and support deep learning and artificial intelligence capabilities.