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New! HP Cluster Platforms are now available with the innovative ProLiant Gen8 servers featuring HP ProActive Insight architecture, the new Intel Xeon processors, the E5-2600 family and fast FBR InfiniBand.

HP Cluster Platforms

Clustering is simple and fast with HP Cluster Platforms, the foundation of the Unified Cluster Portfolio.  These systems combine the flexibility of a custom solution with the simplicity, reliability and value of a preconfigured, factory-built product .Get started with HP Cluster Platform Express.

  • Broad choice of processors, cluster interconnects and middleware
  • Factory integrated and tested, with final on-site installation
  • Choice of packaging styles: dense or expandable modular design up to 1024 nodes
  • Backed by HP warranty and support, and built to uniform, worldwide specifications
  • Comprehensive software selection, tested and verified by HP and/or its partners
  • Rapid deployment services, including optional software installation, on-site training and implementation support
  •  Nvidia Tesla GPU option – up to 6 GPUs per 2u.

Product offerings

HP Cluster Platform 3000
HP Cluster Platform 4000
HP Cluster Platform 3000/4000SL
Processor family Intel Xeon E-5 2600 family AMD Opteron 6200 Series Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron
Cluster nodes ProLiant DL160 Gen8, DL380p Gen8, BL460c Gen8 ProLiant DL165 G7, DL385 Gen8, and BL465c Gen8 servers ProLiant SL230s, SL250s

InfiniBand FDR and QDR, Gigabit Ethernet InfiniBand FDR or QDR, Gigabit Ethernet InfiniBand FDR and DDR, Gigabit Ethernet
Accelerators Integration available with pre-qualified ProLiant DL systems. Up to 3 Nvidia Tesla  modules ½ width 2U per SL250s
Console and administration network Gigabit Ethernet plus 10/100 console connections
Operating system Linux (Red Hat EL or SUSE SLES); Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Linux (Red Hat EL or SUSE SLES)
MPI HP-MPI. Also available - HP HPC Linux Value, featuring HP-MPI and Platform LSF.
Cluster managers available from HP Linux: HP Insight CMU; Windows: Microsoft HPC Server (HPCS) 2008 (GigE only) Linux: HP Insight CMU; Windows: Microsoft HPC Server (HPCS) 2008 Linux: HP Insight CMU
Workload schedulers Adaptive Moab HPC Suites, Altair Engineering PBS Professional, Platform LSF



The Cluster Platform models are offered in two packaging styles: bounded systems in dense configurations (smallest number of racks possible) or module solutions that can be expanded to 1024 interconnected nodes. The BladeSystem-based HP Cluster Platforms are available with up to 512 compute nodes.

Dense configurations

The Dense packaging for 1 U systems is available up to 128 nodes and is designed for lowest solution footprint and optimized cost infrastructure. Up to 32 nodes of 1U servers can be integrated into single cabinet solution, 4 cabinets required for 128 nodes. With SL series, up to 78 nodes can be integrated into a single cabinet with 1U, half width SL230s models.

Modular configurations

Integrated “building blocks” separate the compute resources from the interconnect and console tasks and the storage. Each building block is an individual rack, integrated with the specified components. Compute nodes are housed in racks of Compute Building Blocks; Interconnect Building Blocks contain the interconnect switches; Utility Building Blocks and Expansion Racks contain management components, such as the control node and other nodes supporting administrative functions, and optional monitor and keyboard.

More product information

»  HP Cluster Platform Datasheet
»  HP Cluster Platform Express
»  Unified Cluster Portfolio overview
»  More collateral
»  HP Cluster Platform Technical Documentation
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