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February 13, 2014

Cray to supply supercomputers for US DoD’s HPC modernisation programme

Cray has received two contracts to supply XC30 supercomputers and storage systems in support of the US Department of Defense’s (DOD) high performance computing modernization program (HPCMP).

Cray has received two contracts to supply XC30 supercomputers and storage systems in support of the US Department of Defense’s (DOD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP).

Valued at a combined $40m, the contracts cover delivery of a Cray XC30 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system to the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and two XC30 supercomputers and a Cray Sonexion storage system to the Navy DOD Supercomputing Resource Center (Navy DSRC) located at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, US.

The company will deliver more than six petabytes of storage capacity and more than a third-of-a-terabyte per-second of storage performance across both storage systems.

DOD High Performance Computing (HPC) Modernization Program director John West said supercomputing is a critical enabler for a range of science, technology, test, evaluation and acquisition engineering communities supported by the HPCMP.

"These new systems are a key component of our strategy of making sure the DOD’s scientists and engineers have access to the most modern, capable and usable computational tools available," West said.

"The company will deliver more than six petabytes of storage capacity and more than a third-of-a-terabyte per-second of storage."

Previously called Cascade, the Cray XC30 supercomputer features Aries system interconnect, innovative cooling systems to lower customers’ total ownership cost, the next-generation of the high-performance Cray Linux Environment, Cray’s HPC optimised programming environment, and the ability to handle an array of processor types.

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Cray’s Sonexion storage system combines Cray’s Lustre expertise with a unique design that allows scalability from five gigabytes per-second to more than a terabyte per-second in a single file system.

Operational for more than 20 years, the HPCMP provides the personnel, high-performance computing (HPC), networking and computational expertise and technologies that increase the productivity of the DOD’s research, development, test and evaluation community.

The contract’s delivery schedule remains undisclosed.

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