Launched on 19 December 2013, the Gaia Project’s aim is to provide a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the cosmic space by recording a billion stars and generating the most accurate map of the Milky Way to date. In order to create an unprecedented stellar census, the project requires advanced technology that allows for a vast volume of information to be managed both accurately and error-free.
Lenovo NeXtScale removes the challenges that come with handling large quantities of data and offers increased performance, efficiency and flexibility. Lenovo’s data-processing solutions also allow for multiple workloads to be controlled through its advanced server functions.
Advanced high performance computing capabilities
Lenovo has been working with the ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre – specifically on the Gaia mission – since 2011, facilitating the processing of the scientific data generated during the mission. This data-processing work is an essential element in obtaining Gaia’s final data file, which, once the mission is complete, will come to more than a petabyte (a million gigabytes or the equivalent of around 200,000 DVDs). The systems from Lenovo used in this data processing work are flexible, scalable and allow for safe and reliable data processing.
Lenovo’s collaboration with the ESA is a further proof point of the company’s commitment and ambitions in the High Performance Computing market. In 2015 Lenovo opened a Global HPC Innovation Centre in Stuttgart as a base to permanently foster R&D and application benchmarking. Last year Lenovo also joined the European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing, a think-tank with the objective to take an active role to define research priorities and action to help the European Commission define and excel in HPC which plays a pivotal role in stimulating Europe’s economic growth.
Quote from Wilfredo Sotolongo, VP Data Center Group, Lenovo EMEA
“We have always placed our customers at the heart of everything we do. That is why we constantly evolve and invest in innovation in order to provide our customers with the most competitive solutions on the market, that will help them achieve success in their business or mission. Collaborations such as the one we have with ESA help us maintain our leadership and continue to be an important benchmark in the high performance computing industry.”
About the European Space Agency:
The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 20 are Member States of the EU. ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.
By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.
ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int
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