It is quite common for people to take time lapse videos of the installation of supercomputers. On of my favorites is still the now several year old Sandia Red Sky video. Since installing a supercomputer can take weeks or months, no one would ever watch the full thing in real time. And that can be a challenge for many customers who would rather their computer rooms be used as data centers and not as supercomputer manufacturing floors. That was exactly the challenge in mind when HP built its POD-Works, one of the world’s first assembly lines for manufacturing complete data centers.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth at least a few thousand. So here is a great example of the HP POD-Works in action.
Of course, even if you don’t want your next 10 or 100 racks of computers delivered in an HP POD, you can still take advantage of HP’s factory integration capabilities. Many of our customers today build their entire cluster up in HP’s factory, run acceptance test, then ship full racks to their data center where they simply need to be recabled and turned on. This helps reduce the time your data center needs to be turned into a computer manufacturing facility from months to as little as a few days for even large, complex multi-rack systems.