Cray to Supply New Supercomputer to NNSA

Cray to Supply New Supercomputer to NNSA

Cray has won a contract worth $US174 million to develop a supercomputer for keeping a watch on nuclear weapons. As per the deal with the National Nuclear Security Administration, it will develop a new supercomputer that will carry out simulations on US's stockpile of nuclear weapons.

Dubbed as Trinity, the new supercomputer will be kept at the Los Alamos Metropolis Computing Centre. The new supercomputer will assess four things of the stockpile that are safety, security, reliability and performance.

On Friday, the agency said Trinity will be an Intel-based supercomputer whose application performance will be at least eight times faster than Cielo, current supercomputer.

Trinity is a joint project between the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories as part of the NNSA Advanced Simulation and Computing Program (ASC).

The supercomputer will be based on Intel Xeon Haswell processors. It will also have 'Knights Landing' Xeon Phi processors and its storage system will start at 82 PB of capacity. It will consumer lesser energy and will also generate less heat.

Main job of the supercomputer would be to carry out simulations of nuclear arms of the nation. It will also avoid the need of underground detonations of devices. Trinity will be delivered by the mid of 2015 and will get operational in the first quarter of 2016.

Currently, the Chinese MilkyWay-2 (TianHe-2) is the fastest supercomputer in the world. It consumes 17 MW of power and provides performance of 33.86 petaflop/s.

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