A SpaceX cargo capsule delivered the gear, known as The Spaceborne Computer, to the space station in August 2017.
After over a year of evaluations, HPE states it is ready to bring the cloud encounter to astronauts for the first time – a sort of”cloud” over the clouds, as it had been.
“We have completed all the requirements of our original one-piece arrangement. It’s been successful and we can open it up,” HPE technology officer Mark Fernandez told AFP.
A super-computer is essentially a set of computers that work together.
The one on the ISS includes 32″cores” and is similar to the kind HPE sells on Earth. It is 30 to 100 times faster than an iPhone or tablet computer, Fernandez said.
NASA needed to understand that any super computer it purchased would have the ability to work in the harsh environment of space, amid microgravity, radiation and occasional power outages. The HPE product stood up to all the evaluations.
The goal is to allow astronauts to be able to conduct their scientific analysis in space, without transmitting the data to Earth first.
Currently, the link between space and the Earth could be unreliable and slow. The relationship is often lost, and there may be a gap in communication lasting several seconds or more.
Fernandez said the computer intends to upgrade the experience – currently a bit like relying on an old, dial-up modem.
“It is slow, it’s intermittent and it has high latency,” he said.
With the new system,”I will have reduced latency to transfer my information, I’ll have higher bandwidth to transfer my information. I will not have any loss of sign to get my data down to Earth, and I’ll be much more reliable.”
On a upcoming journey to Mars, millions of miles apart, communication delays could last 20 minutes or more.
So testing such superb computers in space, in a relatively close distance of 250 miles (400 kilometres) above the Earth, could help create future deep space computers.
The Spaceborne Computer will be analyzed by scientists for only a couple of months, then sent back to Earth in February or March.