The exascale inflection point
The road to exascale computing started as a speed milestone. Today it signals a major inflection point for computing―and a new era of discovery and innovation.
Driven by explosive data growth, converging workloads, and the imperative for digital transformation, organizations are asking completely new questions. And they need new capabilities to answer them. Exascale computing completely rethinks how technology comes together to answer your biggest questions today―and your even bigger ones tomorrow.
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Why is exascale computing necessary?
Exascale is more than a speed milestone or a system size. Exascale is new workloads brought on by new questions intersecting with new compute capabilities to create a major technological shift.
To understand this shift, you have to understand some macro trends in research and enterprise. First, uncontrolled data growth is driving organizations of all sizes to data-intensive computing. Second, digital transformation has become a business imperative. And third, the number of HPC and AI workloads is exploding.
In response to these trends, AI, analytics, IoT, simulations, and modeling workloads are all converging into one business-critical workflow—a workflow that must operate at extreme scale and in real time.
These trends and realities are forcing a complete rethinking of compute, networking, software, and storage architectures. The resulting capabilities will take research and enterprise computing beyond super and into the exascale era.
Exascale computing benefits
Exascale computing means a computing system that can perform at least one exaflop―or one quintillion (a billion billion)—calculations per second. For perspective, it would take 40,000years for one quintillion gallons of water to spill over Niagara Falls. The Milky Way galaxy is 1 quintillion kilometers wide.
This kind of supercomputing helps us simulate and analyze the world around us at an unprecedented level. Exascale systems will help solve the world’s most important and complex challenges.
What does exascale technology look like?
Together, HPE and Cray redefine the supercomputing industry with the most comprehensive end-to-end portfolio across compute, storage, and services in the fast-growing HPC and AI market segments.
Interconnect built for exascale: Answer new, diverse, and data-intensive questions with an interconnect purpose-built for flexible, heterogeneous compute technology.
Fast, intelligent storage: Realize new possibilities with powerful, cost-effective, proven storage architected for converged HPC and AI workloads.
Software that clears the way: Create the next generation of applications for innovation and discovery with the industry’s most comprehensive, flexible, and validated HPC and AI software stack.