HP has just announced the Apollo series of high performance computer solutions. The series is made of the Apollo 8000 and 6000 systems. The Apollo 8000 system claims to be the world’s first water-cooled supercomputer, with dry-disconnect servers that reduce the risk of water leakages.
Besides being the world’s first liquid-cooled supercomputer, the main selling point of the Apollo 8000 is its ability to offer the computational prowess of supercomputers in a standard rack server’s footprint. According to HP, the Apollo 8000 is able to packed more high-powered components as liquid-cooling is about 1,000 times more effective than air-cooling. Therefore, in a typical server rack deployment of the Apollo 8000, the system is able to offer “hundreds of teraFLOPS” of compute power with only 80kW of power! An additional benefit, though not applicable in our balmy tropical weather, the warm liquid from the cooling system can be channeled to heat up office spaces during cold weather spells. The Apollo 8000 will be powered by the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 series processors that are the successors to the previous generation Intel "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon series.
For enterprise owners who don’t need such massive compute power, the Apollo 6000 system provides an ideal platform for business to host their single-threaded applications that are used in risk modelling, life sciences and engineering design automation. Due to the design of its server rack, the Apollo 6000 system allows you to add more server nodes, up to a total of 20 servers, in the footprint of typical server rack that can only accommodate up to five servers. The Apollo 6000 system will be powered by the Intel Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 series processor.