Last year marked the first time humanity deployed a conventional data center in space. The HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 – a set of HPE Edgeline Converged EL4000 Edge and HPE ProLiant machines, each with an Nvidia T4 GPU to support AI workloads – was sent to the International Space Station in February of 2021.
This is the first off-the-shelf server deployed in space to run actual production workloads.
“It is not hardened,” said Mark Fernandez, principal investigator for Spaceborne Computer-2 at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “The goal is to avoid the time and cost to harden a computer, so you can go with the latest technology.”