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May 16, 2012
The Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DOD HPCMP) has just completed its largest one-time investment in supercomputing capability supporting the science, engineering, test and acquisition communities of the DOD. The total acquisition is valued at $105 million, and includes $80 million for multiple systems along with an additional $25 million in hardware and software maintenance services. This will more than double the DOD HPCMP’s current sustained computing capability.
“This latest acquisition will provide significant capability for DOD scientists and engineers to stretch the boundaries of scientific discovery, expand engineering capabilities and accelerate the delivery of new technologies to the defense communities,” observed John West, director of the HPCMP.
The purchase includes seven systems that will collectively provide over 225,000 cores, over 520 gigabytes of memory and a total storage capacity of 23 petabytes. Each system is scheduled to be fully accepted and operational by the end of the calendar year. The HPC vendors participating in the system deployments include IBM, SGI and Cray, Inc. The competitive government acquisition was executed through the Government Services Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Services, Assisted Acquisition Service Division.
The supercomputers will be installed at five DOD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRCs). Although the DSRCs are located within specific organizations, each serves a community of users across the DOD.
The HPCMP partners with the DOD’s research, development, test and evaluation communities to serve as a change agent promoting to the community the use of physics-based computational tools that require high performance computing assets. The use of HPC in the DOD is quite broad and includes capabilities in fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, materials design, space situational awareness, climate and ocean modeling, and environmental quality.
The HPCMP is also developing tools to support the design and development of next-generation defense systems for the DOD through the Computational Research and Engineering Tools and Environments (CREATE) program. These tools bring cost-effective physics-based modeling for conceptual design, trade space analysis, and product life cycle management to the DOD. The infusion of computational capability via these newly acquired supercomputers provides the enabling infrastructure for these tools.
The DOD HPCMP provides the DOD supercomputing capabilities, high-speed network communications and computational science expertise that enable DOD scientists and engineers to conduct a wide-range of focused research, development and test activities. This partnership puts advanced technology in the hands of U.S. forces more quickly, less expensively, and with greater certainty of success. Today, the HPCMP provides a complete advanced computing environment for the DOD that includes unique expertise in software development and system design, powerful high performance computing systems, and a premier wide-area research network. The HPCMP is managed on behalf of the DOD by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss.
For more information, please visit the DOD HPCMP Web site at: www.hpc.mil.
Source: DOD HPCMP
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