Kioxia Joins Hewlett Packard Enterprise Servers on Space Launch Destined for the International Space Station

HPE Spaceborne Computer-2, Features KIOXIA Value SAS, Enterprise SAS and NVMe SSDs, Enables Scientific Experiments with Over 130 TB of Data Storage Capacity

  • January 31, 2024
  • Kioxia Corporation

Cape Canaveral, FL, U.S.A – Today, KIOXIA SSDs took flight with the launch of the NG-20 mission rocket, which is delivering an updated HPE Spaceborne Computer-2, based on HPE EdgeLine and ProLiant servers from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), to the International Space Station (ISS). KIOXIA SSDs provide robust flash storage in HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 to conduct scientific experiments aboard the space station.

HPE Spaceborne Computer-2, based on commercial off-the-shelf technology, provides edge computing and AI capabilities on board the research outpost as part of a greater mission to significantly advance computing power in space and reduce dependency on communications as space exploration continues to expand. Designed to perform various high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in space, including real-time image processing, deep learning, and scientific simulations, HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 can be used to compute a number of experiment types including healthcare, natural disaster recovery, 3D printing, 5G, AI, and more.

As the data storage provider for the HPE Spaceborne Computer-2, Kioxia has provided flash memory-based SSDs, including KIOXIA RM Series value SAS, PM Series enterprise SAS and XG Series NVMe™ SSDs, to enable these advancements. In addition to eight 1,024 gigabyte (GB) NVMe and four 960 GB value SAS SSDs, each of the four enterprise SAS SSDs provided by Kioxia have a capacity of 30.72 terabytes (TB) for a total of more than 130 TB - the most data storage to travel to the space station on a single mission. (1)

Flash memory-based SSDs are better-suited than traditional hard disk drive storage to withstand the power, performance and reliability requirements of outer space, as they have no moving parts and provide faster performance. SSD health will be monitored daily throughout the duration of the mission, with daily log files transmitted from the ISS. Kioxia will track and analyze this health data in order to better understand how flash memory storage operates in the harsh environment of space.

Kioxia has been collaborating with HPE to create best-in-class storage solutions for years, and the company’s products enable a broad range of HPE solutions and services, from mobile to the cloud to the enterprise.

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  1. As of January 31, 2024. Kioxia Corporation survey.
  • Definition of capacity: Kioxia Corporation defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes, a gigabyte (GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes and a terabyte (TB) as 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. A computer operating system, however, reports storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1GB = 2^30 bytes = 1,073,741,824 bytes and 1TB = 2^40 bytes = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes and therefore shows less storage capacity. Available storage capacity (including examples of various media files) will vary based on file size, formatting, settings, software and operating system, and/or pre-installed software applications, or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.

  • NVMe is a registered or unregistered mark of NVM Express, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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About Kioxia

Kioxia is a world leader in memory solutions, dedicated to the development, production and sale of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). In April 2017, its predecessor Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia is committed to uplifting the world with “memory” by offering products, services and systems that create choice for customers and memory-based value for society. Kioxia's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers.

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