Meet the Memory Makers: Spaceborne Computer-2 Project’s Dr. Mark Fernandez

Meet the Memory Makers Spaceborne Computer-2 Projects Dr Mark Fernandez

When the boundaries of space and time cease to be obstacles in the pursuit of knowledge, technology can become a bridge to advancing our understanding of the cosmos.

This is the vision behind the Hewlett Packard Enterprise® Spaceborne Computer-2 project, which provides edge computing and AI capabilities on board the research outpost, the International Space Station (ISS). This project is part of a mission to advance computing power in space and reduce dependency on communications as space exploration continues to expand.

Meet Dr. Mark Fernandez, the project’s principal investigator. Dr. Fernandez’s visionary leadership is reshaping our understanding of space research and discovery. Asked about the significance of the project, he notes that "Spaceborne Computer-2 represents a paradigm shift in space research. We’ve created the ultimate edge computing platform - results that used to take months to obtain now take minutes. By integrating edge computing and AI capabilities into the fabric of space exploration, we're not only accelerating the pace of scientific discovery but also taking it beyond the confines of Earth.”

As the data storage provider for Spaceborne Computer-2, the transformative power of KIOXIA flash memory solutions is at the heart of this endeavor. From value SAS to enterprise SAS and NVMe™ SSDs, our drives are engineered to withstand the rigors of space travel while delivering unparalleled performance and reliability. Providing over 130TB of flash-based storage, KIOXIA drives allow the researchers to compute faster than ever before, all while hurtling through space at over 17 thousand miles per hour. Each component plays a vital role in capturing, processing, and transmitting data with efficiency and precision.

It's a testament to the power of innovation. As the Spaceborne Computer-2 project propels humanity towards new horizons, KIOXIA remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting these pioneers of space exploration.

At KIOXIA, we make memory, for memory makers. Together, we're rewriting the narrative of what's possible and pushing the boundaries of science and technology. We think that’s truly out of this world.

Hear more from Dr. Fernandez in the second installment of our ‘I’m a Memory Maker’ video series.

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