Supercomputer Hewlett-Packard experienced in space
A month ago, the ISS in the cargo hold of a cargo ship Dragon arrived supercomputer SpaceBourne, developed by joint efforts of NASA and Hewlett-Packard. It was created in order to learn how such high-tech equipment will behave in space after prolonged overloads and possible software failures. Developers had hoped for the best, but they had serious concerns about the fact that the computer will be able to survive the shake-up after the flight from Earth to the ISS. At one point they even suggested that the computer will not start, but he coped with congestion able to boot and still works.
Before the advent of powerful supercomputer on board the ISS are only battered low-power laptops, but now the astronauts will be able to use the quick and, as it turned out, hardy SpaceBourne. Previously, to perform complex calculations they had to send large amounts of data to Earth - where did the calculations, then sent the results back to the ISS. Now with this task on board the International Space Station will be able to cope on their own. The main aim of the experiment - preparation for lunar and Mars missions, during which replace existing equipment to the new will not work. Therefore SpaceBourne supercomputer will test more years - that is how much it must have worked, not turned off. If successful, the operating time used in its creation, will take as a basis for the development of new space-based supercomputers.