<span class="var-sub_title">HPC in Space: An Update on Spaceborne Computer after 1+ Year on the ISS</span> SC18 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

HPC in Space: An Update on Spaceborne Computer after 1+ Year on the ISS

Authors: Mark Fernandez (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)

Abstract: Spaceborne Computer, a stock, Linux-based, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) HPC system was launched aboard the SpaceX-12 Dragon spaceship on August 14, 2017. After a month in cold stowage, it was installed and powered up in the International Space Station (ISS) on September 14, 2017. Despite many predictions, Spaceborne Computer continues to run in the harsh environment of space without expensive, time-consuming, or bulky protective shielding. The use of "HARDening with SOFTware" will be shared; the "anomalies" (both expected and unexpected) that were encountered in space will be covered; and the experiment results to date will be shared.

Long Description: This is a follow-up to the SC17 BOF titled "HPC in Space: Supercomputing at 17,500 MPH". Our goals remain the same as last year. The first is to make the HPC community aware of this experiment. But instead of detailing the technical hardware and software difficulties encountered and overcome with preparing a supercomputer for "shipment" to the International Space Station (ISS), we plan to focus on the 1+ year of anomalies encountered when operating in a data center in space compared to operating in a traditional (Earth-bound) data center. Secondly, this BOF will provide an up-to-the-minute status of the experiment. Successes, difficulties and failures will be shared. A live, interactive session with the HPC system on the ISS will be attempted. Thirdly, we will solicit from the HPC audience additional input to consider with HPC in space and other potential uses of a teraFLOP supercomputer in space.

From this BOF, we hope to enlighten the HPC community of the possibilities of HPC in space and hence, HPC Everywhere. Space is emerging. If space flight and settlements off planet Earth grow the way air flight and airports grew, HPC will be required in this harse environment. We plan to solicit from the HPC community not only other factors that should be considered, additional testing that should be performed and other potential uses of HPC in Space.

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