A super-computer at the International Space Station aims to bring”cloud” Calculating to astronauts in space and speed up their ability to Conduct data Investigation from orbit, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise said Thursday.
A SpaceX cargo capsule delivered the gear, known as The Spaceborne Computer, into the space station in August 2017.
After more than a year of evaluations, HPE says it is ready to deliver the cloud experience to astronauts for the first time – a kind of”cloud” above the clouds, as it had been.
“We’ve completed all the requirements of our original one-piece arrangement.
A super-computer is basically a group of computers that work together.
The one on the ISS includes 32″cores” and is like the kind HPE sells on Earth.
NASA needed to understand that any super computer it purchased will be able to function in the harsh environment of space, amid microgravity, radiation and occasional power outages. The HPE product stood up to each of the evaluations.
The goal is for astronauts to be able to run their scientific analysis in distance, without transmitting the data to Earth first.
Currently, the connection between distance and the Earth could be unreliable and slow. The relationship is often lost, and there might be a gap in communicating lasting several seconds or longer.
Fernandez said the new computer aims to upgrade the experience – currently somewhat like relying on an old, dial-up modem.
“It’s slow, it is intermittent and it has high latency,” he said.
With the new system,”I’ll have lower latency to transfer my information, I will have greater bandwidth to transfer my data. I won’t have any loss of signal to get my information down to Earth, and I will be more reliable.”
On a future trip to Mars, millions of miles apart, communication delays could last 20 minutes or more.
The Spaceborne Computer will be tested by scientists for just a couple of months, then delivered back to Earth in February or even March.