HP Enterprise’s Edge Computing System Performs 24 Experiments on the International Space Station, CIO News, ET CIO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that the HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2), the first commercial space-based edge computing and artificial intelligence system to operate on the International Space Station (ISS), completed 24 research experiments, accelerating insight time from months and days, to minutes.

The experiments involved processing real-time data and testing new applications to prove reliability in space as part of an effort to increase the autonomy of astronauts. These experiments covered use cases supporting healthcare, image processing, disaster recovery, 3D printing, 5G, and solutions enabled by artificial intelligence.

“By bringing advanced computing and artificial intelligence capabilities to the International Space Station with Spaceborne Computer-2, we have helped foster a growing collaborative research community that shares a common goal of achieving scientific and engineering breakthroughs that benefit humanity, in space and here on Earth. said Dr. Mark Fernandez, principal investigator, Spaceborne Computer-2, at HPE. “We are proud of this ongoing work, which has already resulted in 24 completed experiments, from various organizations, demonstrating new possibilities for space exploration and milestones for humanity.”

Innovating for edge computing and AI in space

HPE launched Spaceborne Computer-2, in collaboration with the ISS National Laboratory, into space in February 2021 and was installed on the ISS in May 2021. The solution includes HPE’s advanced computing solutions, the HPE Edgeline Converged EL4000 Edge System, which is designed to perform in more challenging edge environments, such as space, and HPE ProLiant DL360 Server for additional high-performance capabilities to target a range of workloads including edge, HPC, AI, etc.

SBC-2 is part of a larger mission to dramatically advance computing and reduce reliance on communications as humans travel further in space to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The solution also shows how astronauts can increase their autonomy when processing data directly on the space station, in real time, bypassing the longer latency and wait times that occur when relying on the sending raw data to Earth to be processed, analyzed and sent. back in space.

Enable faster computation and faster download times to Earth with 20,000X acceleration

The advanced computing capabilities provided by SBC-2 also have the potential to allow astronauts and space explorers to send data back to Earth, whether for further analysis or other use, at a radically compressed and at a faster speed. Previously, 1.8 GB of raw DNA sequence data took an average of 12.2 hours to upload to Earth for initial processing. With SBC-2, researchers aboard the space station can process that same data in six minutes to gather meaningful information, compress it to 92 KB and send it to Earth in just two seconds, which is a speedup of 20,000X. .

Sherry J. Basler