ISS has supercomputer! Never think about Fried discs


One year ago, Hewlett Packard Enterprise sent an off-the-shelf supercomputer to the International Space Station, if its mass production machine can not survive primarily in a strict environment. Now NASA and computer company will announce the success of the experiment, even though almost half of hard disks can not be made after salts.

The experiment has been developed to test the HPE Spaceborne computer performance, comprising 32 separate cores, which work together and operate 30-10 times faster than standard iPhone or tablet. Despite the radiation explosion, the computer worked and did not lose any test data. "They've learned a few things and showed that the system works in space," says NASA's David Hornyak, who directs the technological demonstration of the projects of ISS. "It allows NASA's ability to acquire the possibility that you may need in the future rather than developing yourself."

The computer was also functional, believed to have lost its initial upload and connection to NASA eight times in a period of time, starting from 3 minutes to 20 minutes. Such independence may be useful in the final lunar base or mission on Mars, in order to avoid the interruption of communication on Earth. NASA IT specialists are also preparing for potential reset signals including NASA's Deep Space Network, which sends satellite antennas around the world and receives signals of different space signals. The space computer will assist the number of traffic produced by ISS.

Mark Fernández, who controls the project, says that the idea of ​​delivering a supercomputer in the spacecraft was to help astronauts learn their science. "There are a lot of 4K cameras and videos ISS looking for something," he says, for example, hunting through reams data type cloud, lightning strike or temperature gradient in the ocean. "We need to do this sort of general purpose processing on the board and keep that speed of other things."

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The computer can also compress data on the science experiments station and then send it to NASA computers. Eventually, astronauts and researchers may be looking at the moon or on Mars to look for a supercomputer problem without waiting for NASA's response.

To protect computer engineers, HPE engineer engineers may contain a shield. Because radiation detectors could not be installed inside the computer, they found components that were most vulnerable to radiation and restriction of their functioning conditions. If the matter is too hot, for example, the problem with radiation or electricity supply, the component is automatically protected in safe mode.

HPE software worked well, but it was not perfect. Of the 20 solid state discs, nine failed, resulting in Fernandez worrying. The computer is also experiencing seven "error", which is zero, unopened. According to Fernandes, the computer was able to determine what was happening and the new party of the same information was taken. But if it was not enough IT folks to worry, the device also experienced four power delays, either radiation or problems with the station's solar panels, Fernandez says.

Any future long-term space mission may need to be modified to the software, as well as any additional protective lead, water or new ceramic or composite material. But over the years, the experiments gave software and hardware designers data reset. "We're going to look at and see alternatives," Fernandes said.

Now that the test is completed over the year, the first task of the computer is to test NASA's origin and landing software, which requires a large amount of calculations. It will remain in the station until his planned return in March.


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