back to top

    Helios Unveiled: Poland’s Next-Generation Supercomputer Revolutionizes Scientific Research

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has unveiled Helios, a cutting-edge supercomputer, for the Academic Computing Center Cyfronet AGH, positioning it as Poland’s fastest in its category [1]. Helios, Cyfronet’s fifth-generation supercomputer, promises to revolutionize scientific research in artificial intelligence (AI), spanning astronomy, medicine, and climate studies, with superior performance and energy efficiency.

    Powered by the HPE Cray EX supercomputer, Helios is segmented into three partitions, each tailored for specific computational tasks. The first partition focuses on traditional scientific computations, while the second utilizes NVIDIA graphics processors to drive AI applications. The third partition handles interactive workloads, such as processing extensive datasets. With a staggering theoretical peak performance of 35 petaflops, Helios outpaces its predecessor by over four times, providing researchers with unparalleled computational capabilities.

    Elevating AI Capabilities: Helios Redefines Computational Boundaries while Pioneering Energy Efficiency

    Helios doesn’t just excel in traditional computing; it also boasts a remarkable peak AI performance of 1.8 exaflops, empowering scientists to maximize AI’s potential for groundbreaking research.

    This significant advancement in computational power equips Cyfronet to meet the escalating demand for resources, accelerating scientific endeavours across various fields. Helios will be accessible to both public and private Polish institutions, including research facilities and hospitals.

    Responding to escalating energy costs, Helios incorporates liquid cooling technology, ensuring enhanced energy efficiency compared to its predecessors. HPE’s expertise in liquid cooling, with a track record of constructing top-ranking energy-efficient supercomputers globally [2], ensures optimal performance while minimizing energy consumption.

    Leadership Perspectives on Helios: Advancing Scientific Frontiers with Cutting-Edge Computational Infrastructure

    Trish Damkroger, Vice President and General Manager of HPC & AI Infrastructure Solutions at HPE, emphasized the pivotal role of supercomputers in AI applications. She expressed HPE’s commitment to supporting Cyfronet’s mission and anticipates significant advancements across diverse scientific domains.

    Prof. Kazimierz Wiatr, Director of ACK Cyfronet AGH, highlighted Cyfronet’s longstanding contribution to Polish science and the necessity of investing in advanced computational infrastructure. He affirmed that Helios, with its state-of-the-art architecture and computing power, aligns perfectly with Cyfronet’s vision.

    Helios comprises three partitions catering to various workloads: a CPU partition, a GPU partition, and an “INT” partition. Each partition is designed to handle specific computational tasks, providing flexibility and efficiency.

    Furthermore, all components of Helios are interconnected using HPE Slingshot technology, ensuring seamless communication and high throughput. With 17.5 petabytes of Lustre filesystem storage, Helios offers a comprehensive solution for diverse scientific needs.

    For more information about Hewlett Packard Enterprise, visit Learn more about the Academic Computing Center Cyfronet AGH at

    [1] The new system currently provides a theoretical peak performance of 35 petaflops, making it the fastest supercomputer in Poland compared to systems listed on the TOP500 list (November 2023 edition).

    [2] Green500 List - November 2023:

    For the original version, visit

    More in section