Accelerating Space Exploration with the HPE Spaceborne Computer
HPE and NASA collaborate to put a commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) supercomputer aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The ultimate goal?
Prove the technology's ability to operate in the harsh conditions of space while performing data center-level compute processing at the edge.
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HPE and NASA collaborated to test if affordable, off the shelf servers could withstand the harsh conditions of space and provide reliable computing aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Highlights of this collaborative journey include:
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HPE Spaceborne Computer Successfully Reaches and Powers Up in Space
HPE Spaceborne Computer Open for Supercomputing Use on the ISS
HPE Spaceborne Computer Returns to Earth
Next Version of HPE Spaceborne Computer Handed Over to NASA
Spaceborne Computer-2 Launched Into Space
The HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 will simulate computational loads during actual space travel via data intensive applications.
The following components serve as the foundation to simulate these loads.
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Use the International Space Station as your own research lab!
HPE and the ISS National Lab invite proposals to perform experiments on the ISS utilizing the HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2).
Submit your proposal
For 20 years, students have designed, built, launched, and operated their own experiments on the ISS doing such things as controlling robots, analyzing space imagery, communicating via radio from the ground to space and back, and conducting cutting-edge genetic research. Have an experiment you’d like to perform on the ISS? Perhaps your experiment will be next!
Take a closer look
On January 1, 2022, modeling software created in the lab of Derek Warner was successfully tested aboard the International Space Station, demonstrating the potential ability for astronauts to fabricate their own components for equipment and other products through additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing.
In October 2021, HPE completed the latest milestone in the Spaceborne journey: An experiment that simulated a compute failure in the Spaceborne Computer-2 environment and then, leveraging HPE Serviceguard for Linux, seamless and rapid recovery of the impacted application with no transaction or data loss - all within only 30 seconds!
Bryan Dansberry, Education Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center, and Mark Fernandez, Principal Investigator for the Spaceborne Computer-2 project at HPE, discuss the upcoming deployment of the Spaceborne Computer-2 project on the ISS and the benefits exascale computing will have on space research and missions to colonize other planets.
For nearly 20 years, astronauts have been continuously living and working onboard the ISS. These discoveries showcase the diversity of the research and technology development conducted onboard the space station over the last two decades—with some of this science supported by partners like HPE.