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HPE to Build New Supercomputer for Japan’s University of Hyogo


To address huge, data-intensive projects, students and researchers will obtain superior high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and big data capabilities.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has created a new supercomputer for Japan’s biggest public university, the University of Hyogo. HPE Apollo systems are used in the new supercomputer to target modelling, simulation, and artificial intelligence (AI) skills in order to enhance studies into society’s most complex and important issues.

This is the university’s third-generation supercomputer, with greatly enhanced performance for running large data sets containing complicated scientific data in fields such as meteorology, manufacturing, physics, and medicine. Through the use of AI and machine learning, the increased capabilities will also aid in increasing outcome accuracy.

The new supercomputer, which will be hosted at the University of Hyogo’s Center for Cooperative Work on Computational Science, will provide resources to assist academic institutions’ expanding research demands as well as private/public collaboration projects.

“Our purpose is to contribute to society through education and research, and this powerful new supercomputer plays a vital role in advancing this mission and in addressing our diverse requirements,” said Professor Dr. Hitoshi Washizu, University of Hyogo. “The HPC and AI solution from HPE, backed by its broad portfolio, extensive experience, and track record, has proven instrumental in realizing our mission.”

Meteorological phenomena, plasma physics, complex fluids, earthquake-resistant architecture, energy-saving materials, econophysics, and environmental DNA research are among the topics of research that will be tackled at the institution. For example, research teams have already delivered insights into the features of sudden torrential downpours of rain, developed coating materials that prevent formation of blood clots in artificial heart and lungs, and have been working to predict building damage and economic loss resulting from the Nankai Trough earthquake.

“We are honored to continue our long-standing collaboration with the University of Hyogo and advance their R&D resources to tackle complex scientific research in weather, manufacturing, medicine and other phenomena,” said Fumiki Negishi, General Manager, High Performance Computing, AI, and Mission Critical Systems, HPE Japan, HPE. “With this new 3rd generation supercomputer we are delivering comprehensive high performance computing and AI solutions for demanding research that aims to make impactful contributions to society’s most pressing issues.”University of Hyogo’s new supercomputer is one of the most powerful among public universities in Japan. It is built using HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 and HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 systems featuring NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs. It also uses a combination of HPE ProLiant DL360, DL380, and DL560 Gen10 servers. To address constantly growing data, the Cray ClusterStor E1000 Storage System from HPE was deployed to meet the demanding capacity needs required by data-intensive HPC and AI projects.

The system’s overall technology advancements offer researchers and students an agile supercomputing environment with enhanced big data processing capability to help them solve major issues facing society and can further hone and develop their skills and knowledge.

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