GreenLake: Finally, A Platform That HPE Utterly Controls

Both Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, which also included parallel database system maker Tandem and minicomputer innovator Digital Equipment Corp when HP bought Compaq for $25 billion back in September 2001, had histories as platform providers but the combined companies were not able to create on the X86 platform the kinds of venerable platforms such as the HP 3000 and DEC VAX and AlphaServer minicomputers, the HP 9000 Unix systems, or the Tandem NonStop systems.


Lawrence Livermore’s “El Capitan” To Take AMD’s Instinct APU Mainstream

In March 2020, when Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced the exascale “El Capitan” supercomputer contract had been awarded to system builder Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which was also kicking in its “Rosetta” Slingshot 11 interconnect and which was tapping future CPU and GPU compute engines from AMD, the HPC center was very clear that it would be using off-the-shelf, commodity parts from AMD, not custom compute engines.