On Monday April 16, 2018, HPE, in conjunction with Arm and SUSE, announced the “Catalyst UK” program. The program calls for establishing supercomputer deployments at three leading UK universities (Bristol, Leicester, and Edinburgh) to accelerate the growth of the burgeoning Arm HPC ecosystem and to further provide UK researchers with the production platforms to help them succeed in their advanced scientific research and in collaborating with various industry and government partners.
Catalyst UK is a complex joint program between HPE, Arm, and other partners in the HPC segment with several key aspects:
- Deployment: Deploying of sizeable HPC clusters at three strategic UK sites, supported for multi-year period and providing access to academia and industry.
- Adoption: Foster early adoption of Arm for HPC in UK; earliest Apollo 70 production shipments followed by end-user collaboration.
- Collaboration: Leveraging the success of the 2017 “Project Comanche” model of customer-centric collaboration, “Catalyst UK” is based on production HPE Apollo 70 platforms with a greater focus on applications and research.
- Applications: Porting and optimization of targeted end-user scientific applications. Arm will support, influence, and track application development via software and professional services teams.
- Scale: Establish foundation for at scale testing and production runs, as well as collaboration on future technologies for Exascale enablement. This closes a key ecosystem gap in terms of the lack of large-scale production Arm-based HPC clusters.
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