HP looks to data scientists with the launch of its latest notebooks and workstations.
They are not the first computers with Linux as an operating system, but one of their peculiarities is that are designed and optimized for a specific group of professional users: data scientists. This is at least defended by HP, which ensures that some of its HP ZBook Studio G7 mobile workstation models and HP ZBook Create G7 laptops will begin to be sold with a specific software solution for data scientists (HP Data Science Software).
More specifically, these models will already carry pre-installed and ready to use both applications, libraries and development environments They are often used by analysts and data scientists in their tasks. All these tools are open source code.
What does HP Data Science Software have
The Z by HP range is made up, among other products, of workstations, both desktop and portable, especially designed for intensive workloads. For this, it is committed to Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards (whose graphic performance usually stands out in the SamaGame tests), by processors Intel Core i9 (also destined to compete in sectors such as gaming) and for a capacity of storage up to 2 TB (One of the latest HP models analyzed in Engadget has, in comparison, 512 GB).
All computers have Ubuntu as their operating system. With these data scientists in mind, HP announces that they will come with the latest version of the Canonical operating system (Ubuntu 20.04) and that the HP Data Science Software package will be included, preloaded, containing various tools with which data scientists usually work.
Thus, the machines will have pre-installed libraries used in Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Data Science (more specifically, Keras, Tensorflow, PyTorch, XGBoost and Scikit-learn), developer tools (such as Git, Microsoft Visual Studio Code or PyCharm). They also have PyCharm out of the box, the IDE that allows you to run the Python programming language (in its versions 2 & 3), as well as for the use of Dockers containers and native support for the three main cloud platforms: AWS, Google Cloud and Azure.
This is how ZBook Studio G7 and ZBook Create G7 are inside
These two portable workstations are quite similar in themselves, although the truth is that the Studio has somewhat higher performance, while the Create is more oriented to a more creative profile.
The ZBook Studio G7 have an Nvidia Quadro GRaphics graphics card, Intel Core i9 or Xeon processor, 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of hard disk. For its part, ZBook Create G7 is equipped with an Nvida GeForce RTC graphics card, Intel Core i9, up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2TB of hard disk.
Both models have Bang and Olufsen speakers, an SD card reader, HDMO, 2 USB Type C and one 3.1 Type A.
Some of the machines with the HP Data Science preload will go on sale later this month in the United States, while others are expected to ship in 2021. In Spain, meanwhile, there is still no official date of availability.
Other Linux Laptops
They are not the first or the only models that computer manufacturers present with Linux as the operating system. In April, without going any further, Lenovo announced that one of its portable workstation models, Lenovo ThinkPad ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, Lenovo ThinkPad P53 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Gen 8, would come with Fedora 32 Workstation as a pre-installed operating system.
Even before, Dell launched the Dell M3800 Developer Edition in 2015, a laptop with Linux with an operating system and, as its name suggests, specially designed for developers.
However, HP makes a difference by focusing on a different and specific goal: that of data scientists and analysts.