HPE Strengthens Supercomputer Supply Chain


Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced its ongoing commitment in Europe by building its first factory in the region for next-generation high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) systems to accelerate delivery to customers and strengthen the region’s supplier ecosystem.

The new site will manufacture HPE’s industry-leading systems as custom-designed solutions to advance scientific research, mature AL/ML initiatives, and bolster innovation.

The dedicated HPC factory, which will become the fourth of HPE’s global HPC manufacturing sites, will be located in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, next to HPE’s existing European site for manufacturing its industry-standard servers and storage solutions. Operations will begin in the summer of 2022.

“When European organisations adopt next-generation supercomputing, they gain a powerful foundation to seize opportunities of exponential data growth to accelerate scientific discovery, strengthen digital sovereignty and unlock innovations to deliver greater economic value. HPE is committed to supporting Europe in this endeavour. Our new HPC factory in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, is another significant investment, among our other R&D initiatives, that we have made in Europe. We can now manufacture the industry’s leading supercomputing, HPC, and AI systems while increasing supply chain viability and resiliency,” said Justin Hotard, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HPC & AI, HPE.

HPE has an extensive HPC and AI footprint in Europe centred on advancing national initiatives to drive time-to-insight in complex scientific research that is critical to solving challenging world problems such as predicting and preparing for extreme weather events, diagnosing and treating diseases, and improving food security and sustainability. Gaining access to next-generation, data-driven technologies that unlock invaluable insights and capabilities for AI innovation is also imperative for Europe in achieving digital sovereignty.

The two product lines each deliver end-to-end HPC and AI capabilities spanning compute, accelerated computing, software, networking, storage and liquid-cooled capabilities. The factory is also designed to meet specific manufacturing requirements of HPE’s liquid-cooled HPC and AI systems, which are ideal cooling options for performance-intensive systems.