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Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency Bolsters R&D and Strengthens Nation’s Economy with New Supercomputer from Hewlett Packard Enterprise

HOUSTON – () – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced the construction of a new supercomputer for Thailand National Agency for Science and Technology Development (NSTDA) that is 30x faster than the existing system. The new supercomputer will be in the NSTDA Supercomputing Center (ThaiSC), one of the leading National Science and Technology Infrastructure (NSTI) centers in Thailand within the NSTDA, providing state-of-the-art High Performance Computing (HPC) resources for national R&D efforts. The system will support all research communities in Thailand across public and private organizations.

NSTDA’s new supercomputer comes with the HPE Cray EX system, an end-to-end, scalable, high-performance computing platform that delivers next-generation supercomputing capabilities to improve modeling, simulation, AI, and analytics. Leveraging new knowledge, scientists and engineers using the new supercomputer will advance research to fuel innovation in key areas such as pharmaceuticals, weather forecasting and renewable energies to strengthen Thailand’s economy and self-sufficiency.

“The HPE Cray EX System provides a comprehensive end-to-end high performance computing (HPC) solution that transforms research with advanced approaches to modeling and simulation and drives AI initiatives that generate critical insights and breakthroughs,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing, at HPE. “We are honored to be working with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) to develop their new supercomputer with the HPE Cray EX system. The new supercomputer from NSTDA, which will offer researchers, scientists and engineers new skills, represents a significant leap in innovation for Thailand, which will unlock new economic and social values for the nation and its people. “

New supercomputer drives innovation for Thailand to increase competition and independence

NSTDA’s new supercomputer will support ongoing research and development in the following areas to empower a number of industries for Thailand including:

  • Strengthening Thailand’s Health Industry With Advanced Biopharmaceutical Techniques – To support affordable health care and develop new drug therapies that can be manufactured on a large scale, researchers are harnessing the power of supercomputing to focus on a range of drug design developments for COVID-19. This process encompasses everything from modeling and simulating various biomolecular interactions with drug candidates to supporting the development, production and quality control of biopharmaceuticals, biosimilars and vaccines.
  • Increasing Thailand’s energy supply with renewable and sustainable sources – Thai researchers are also turning to supercomputing to develop sustainable energy solutions, including analyzing data to improve the procurement of renewable energies, such as solar energy, and energy storage, such as batteries and accumulators. Researchers are also focusing on alternative diesel fuels to improve ignition and combustion efficiency while reducing pollutant emissions using a diesel hydrotreating process.
  • Creating real-time awareness of weather conditions by speeding up weather forecastsThe supercomputer will enable researchers to accelerate predictions for various weather events such as air quality, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. For example, Thai researchers can simulate data to predict the concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5), an air pollutant made up of tiny particles in the air that affect vision and make the air cloudy. By producing timely and accurate PM2.5 projections for dissemination to the public, local decision-makers can help guide air quality control and management for safety and environmental sustainability.

Providing an end-to-end supercomputing design to handle next generation applications

As part of NSTDA’s new system design, HPE will also become 496 3approx Generation AMD EPYC processors to accelerate modeling and simulation workloads and 704 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs to enhance graphics in image-intensive data and accelerate AI in traditional HPC workloads.

The new system receives an additional performance boost HPE slingshot, an Ethernet fabric specifically designed for next-generation supercomputing to handle higher speeds and congestion control for larger data-intensive and AI workloads. To store and share a larger amount of complex data, HPE will also use its Cray Clusterstor E1000 storage system for extended storage and intelligent tiering functions. The combined advanced technologies will deliver 13 petaflops of peak performance.

NSTDA’s new supercomputer will be installed and operational in 2022.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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