Hewlett Packard Enterprise is one of the largest HPC and enterprise computing vendors in the world. The company was created as a result of a splitting of the venerable Hewlett Packard company into two parts: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and HP Inc.
HPE is focused on servers, storage, networking, and consulting for business and HPC markets. HPE is one of the largest players in HPC with 84 systems on the Top500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world. In terms of performance share, HPE tops the list with its systems representing 18.6% total performance share.
While HPE and its predecessor HP have always played a large role in HPC, the company became even more prominent with the acquisition of HPC pioneer Silicon Graphics (SGI) in in 2016. But HPE’s biggest move in HPC happened in 2019 when they purchased supercomputing leader Cray. These acquisitions have immeasurably strengthened HPE’s advantages in the HPC market while fueling innovative new products and services.
HPE will be delivering the first exascale systems in the United States with the Aurora system at Argonne National Laboratory, the Frontier system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the El Capitan system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
HPE Mentors 2022 Winter Classic Field
As part of our continuing coverage of the 2022 Winter Classic Student Cluster Competition, we want to shine a light on the first mentor organization in the competition.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise really stepped up to the plate by teaching the twelve student teams how to use a HPE/Cray cluster plus how to run and optimize the LINPACK and HPCG benchmarks.
Just to refresh your memory, the Winter Classic competition is a marathon event that exclusively features Historically Black and Hispanic universities competing in a virtual cluster competition spanning eight weeks. In addition to working with HPE on HPL/HPCG in the first week of the competition, student teams will also work with NASA, Oak Ridge National Lab, and AWS in coming weeks.
The goal of the competition is that by the end of it, students will be able to say that they have worked on real-world supercomputers, running real-world applications and benchmarks, and that they know how to optimize them. This should help pave the way for them to work in HPC, which is a great thing.
HPE did one of the best mentoring jobs we've seen in the two years of this competition. Just about every team turned in results for both benchmarks, which doesn't often happen in these competitions. To highlight their contribution, Episode 4 of our increasingly popular "2022 Winter Classic Student Cluster Competition Studio Update Show" featured the HPE team and covers why they got involved with this competition, how they configured the systems, and the training they provided to the students.