The hub is termed to be Europe’s first regional data innovation center which is located at the University of Edinburgh EPCC in Scotland. The facility is designed to enable research and development (R&D) on initiatives that address global issues such as food production, climate change, space exploration and genetically-tailored healthcare.
The deal, which has an expected value of about US$125 million over 10 years, requires HPE to deliver an end-to-end infrastructure that features its high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions powered by HPE Apollo Systems and HPE Superdome Flex Servers, as well as HPE Ezmeral Container Platform software capabilities.
“We are pleased to be working with HPE to deliver what we believe is the only facility of its kind in Europe focused specifically on data-driven regional growth. With the Edinburgh International Data Facility, we are combining computing and data resources to create a facility that will allow organizations to use data to innovate throughout their organizations. HPE is uniquely positioned to provide the spectrum of infrastructure and services, as well as the flexibility that this project demands,” said Mark Parsons, Director of EPCC at the University of Edinburgh.
The EIDF will offer researchers access to HPC and AI technologies to apply analytics to modeling and simulation. With a long-term vision to establish the Edinburgh region as the Data Capital of Europe, the data hub is set to support 1,000 public, private and non-profit organizations to develop products and services using R&D and other data-driven programs.
“HPE is proud to embark on this long-term initiative with the University of Edinburgh, following a highly competitive tender process,” said Lee Rand, Director of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence at HPE EMEA.
“We were chosen due to the flexibility and reliability offered through our end-to-end solutions portfolio, and because we were one of the very few organizations able to seamlessly combine all of the Edinburgh International Data Facility’s requirements into a single framework. In the data-centric era deriving insights and value from across multiple datasets will be a key to success for business and government alike. We look forward to boosting the UK’s capacity for data-driven innovation through this initiative.”
HPE will also deliver the Cray ClusterStor E1000 system to meet high-performance storage requirements which will enable the EIDF gain up to 20 petabytes of storage capacity that will be used for the regional data facility and for vital COVID-19 research at the University of Edinburgh.
As announced, Shipment and installation are planned to begin immediately, with first orders already underway. The deal is for a single source framework through to 2030, with the EIDF expected to be fully operational in the fall of 2020.