BASF, HPE Team for Chemical Research
March 20, 2017
SE and Hewlett Packard Enterprise will collaborate to develop one of the
world's largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at
BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters this year. Based on the latest
generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems, the new supercomputer will drive
the digitalization of BASF's worldwide research.
"The new supercomputer will promote the application and development of
complex modeling and simulation approaches, opening up completely new
avenues for our research at BASF," said Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Vice
Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology
Officer at BASF. "The supercomputer was designed and developed jointly
by experts from HPE and BASF to precisely meet our needs."
The new system will make it possible to answer complex questions and
greatly reduce the time required to obtain results from several months
to days across all research areas. As part of BASF's digitalization
strategy, the company plans to significantly expand its capabilities to
run virtual experiments with the supercomputer. In addition, it will
help BASF reduce time to market and costs by, for example, simulating
processes on catalyst surfaces more precisely or accelerating the design
of new polymers with pre-defined properties.
"In today's data-driven economy, high performance computing plays a
pivotal role in driving advances in space exploration, biology and
artificial intelligence," said Meg Whitman, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "We expect this
supercomputer to help BASF perform prodigious calculations at lightning
fast speeds, resulting in a broad range of innovations to solve new
problems and advance our world."
With the help of Intel Xeon processors, high-bandwidth, low-latency
Intel® Omni-Path Fabric and HPE management software, the supercomputer
acts as a single system with an effective performance of more than 1
Petaflop (1 Petaflop equals one quadrillion floating point operations
per second). With this system architecture, a multitude of nodes can
work simultaneously on highly complex tasks, dramatically reducing the
are always looking for systems that deliver the best performance at the
best total cost of ownership," said Barry Davis, General Manager,
Accelerated Workload Group, Intel. "Intel Omni-Path Architecture is
specifically designed to deliver outstanding performance while scaling
cost-effectively from entry-level high performance computing clusters to
larger clusters with 10,000 nodes or more -- offering a significant
advantage on both fronts."
Developed and built by HPE, the new supercomputer will consist of
several hundred computer nodes. The supercomputer will also leverage HPE
Apollo Systems to give customers simplified administration efficiencies
and flexibility to match their solutions to the workload and lower their
total cost of ownership.