Aug 27, 2019

Aitken: NASA supercomputer that will help take man to the moon

Supercomputers do not exist in many countries, but Portugal already has one! In this segment of supercomputing, NASA recently unveiled its new supercomputer, the Aitken.


This super machine stands out for having 46 080 cores and a computational power of 3.69 petaflops. This supercomputer will help in the Artemis mission whose goal is to bring man back to the moon.

Aitken was the name chosen for NASA's new supercomputer. According to what was revealed, this machine is based on the HPE SGI 8600 system. At the processing level this supercomputer has then 46 080 cores and the storage capacity will reach 221 TB. The performance (theoretical) can reach 3.69 petaflops. The Aitken is installed at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, USA.

It is also known that this super machine has a highly evolved cooling system and will be supported by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The design of the system is modular which, according to NASA, ensures better energy efficiency and lower consumption.

Aitken to help the Artemis mission

NASA is planning a mission to the moon as early as 2024. The Aitken will help in the calculations and simulations, ensuring the fastest presentation of the results. According to information, this new supercomputer will be used by more than 1500 scientists and engineers who are part of the mission.

NASA's plans to return to the Moon are well defined and outlined. The North American Space Agency has already revealed how everything will happen. In the plans that have already been presented, it was revealed that the first Artemis mission will take an unmanned capsule into orbit of the Moon already in 2020. The second, Artemis 2, will take place in 2022 and will repeat the journey, this time with a human crew present.

Finally, in 2024, it will be Artemis 3's turn to complete the proposed mission. It will land on the Moon, completing the proposal made to return to Earth's satellite. It is hoped that a female astronaut will be present for the first time on this mission.