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Airbus recently let visitor’s in to the HP facility in France that houses its supercomputing facility, used for high-end simulation designs for aircraft including the A350. HP delivered the POD from its old manufacturing facility in Scotland (PODs are now made in its Kutna Hora facility – for more click here).
Airbus has the POD under a managed services contracted with HP, which includes hardware, hardware support and hosting services. The project itself is called HPC3, and using HPC blades using new Intel technology – 300 Tflops Westmere.
HP has a similar arrangement for Airbus’ facility in Hamburg, Germany. The POD itself is directly connected to the Airbus LAN – it is used purely for processing Airbus’ complex simulation designs.
We will have more in FOCUS magazine, out in June, regarding the project but for now, here is a bit of an overview of the project provided by Airbus.
Published 24 April, 2012 by Penny Jones