When SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off on a restocking flight for International Space Station, it carried an interesting freight which was a supercomputer. Originated by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and called as a Space borne Computer which can do teraflop worth of computing. It puts it in a space with late 90s computers.
The space borne computer consists of two pizza box shaped machines in a single compartment. It is on a yearlong mission and it has been sent to test how it fares in the space if protected right way by software. Missions to places like Mars can be time consuming and can result in many delays. To avoid this astronauts are furnished with high powered supercomputers. This will aid in resolving complicated issues without having to wait for the solution to be transmitted to and from Earth. However the space radiation can have a harmful effect on the computers. Therefore NASA and HPE are carrying out a research to see if required protection can keep things running efficiently.
The space borne computer has a “brother”, a counterpart machine situated in Wisconsin which would enact the control in this experiment. HPE’s space borne computer, a two node water cooled machine has a different functioning than the mission crucial computer in space which is physically safeguarded from radiation. For example, the chief computer for the Juno spacecraft inhabits a “protective titanium vault with walls about one centimeter thick.” While HPE is considering something embedded in the software for its protection rather than giving it a physical protection.