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NREL, Hewlett-Packard Developed Ultra-Efficient, High-Performance Computing System

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NREL collaborated to create Peregrine, an ultra-efficient high-performance computer that uses warm water for cooling. The cooling process results in hot water coming from the supercomputer, which is captured and used for space heating.

Photo of the Peregrine high-performance computing system in the Energy Systems Integration Facility data center

Photo by Dennis Schroeder

Peregrine's innovative design avoids the need for chillers and allows the heat captured from the supercomputer to provide all the heating needs for the Energy Systems Integration Facility. And there's even enough heat left over to melt snow outside on sidewalks during the winter. During the summer, the unused heat can be rejected via cooling towers.

R&D Magazine recognized NREL and HPE with a 2014 R&D 100 Award and Editor's Choice Award for this innovative design.

In 2018, NREL continued its collaboration with HPE on its latest supercomputer, Eagle. As a replacement for Peregrine, the new system was installed in summer 2018 and will be put into production use in January 2019. Learn more about Eagle.

Learn more about the high-performance computing data center at NREL.