NNSA Taps Penguin Computing for 7-9 Petaflops ‘Open’ HPC Cluster

Oct 21, 2015 |

Per a newly-inked contract with Penguin Computing, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is set to receive its third joint procurement of a commodity supercomputing environment to replace its 2011-2012 era systems. The new installation, called the Tri-Laboratory Commodity Technology System 1, or CTS-1, replaces the the Tri-Lab Linux Capacity Cluster 2 Read more…

‘ASCI’ Turns 20; David Turek Offers IBM Retrospective

Oct 21, 2015 |

Twenty years ago President Bill Clinton announced that the United States would maintain its U.S. nuclear arsenal without nuclear explosive testing. The challenge, of course, was how to actually carry out such a daunting task. The instruments were the tremendously successful Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP) and Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative which together drove much of Read more…

New Sandia Director Jill Hruby Transcends Glass Ceiling

Jun 24, 2015 |

Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. When Hruby officially take the reins of the nation’s largest laboratory on July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories. As director of Read more…

Los Alamos Offers First Look at Trinity’s Warm Water Cooling

Feb 17, 2015 |

At the level of leadership supercomputing, system planning and procurement is generally a multi-year process. The excitement that surrounded the initial announcement can wane, but it always comes back when it’s time to start putting the system together. For the Trinity supercomputer, which has been on the Department of Energy’s roadmap since 2013, the proof of this progress is Read more…

The Nuts and Bolts of Nuclear Stewardship

Sep 10, 2014 |

Sometimes the impetus behind large-scale computing endeavors can be surprising. Take the case of nuts and bolts. Given the right context, these everyday objects become a much bigger deal. Like when the context is nuclear missile design. Every component of a nuclear weapon body must go through a painstaking review process. As an article at Deixis Magazine Read more…

Los Alamos Lead Shares ‘Trinity’ Feeds and Speeds

Jul 10, 2014 |

We’ve been anticipating news around the Trinity supercomputer for some time now and today were graced with the news that Cray will be supplying the machine in two phases with the final phase being complete in 2016. For the original background, the first run of the story can be found here. Since that time this Read more…

First Details Emerge from Cray on Trinity Supercomputer

Jul 10, 2014 |

Note – 7:32 p.m. Eastern: We have full details from Los Alamos about the system in a detailed update article. Cray has been granted one of the largest awards in its history for the long-awaited “Trinity” supercomputer. This morning the company announced a $174 million deal to provide the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with Read more…

DOE Sets Exascale Pricetag

Sep 16, 2013 |

The United States Department of Energy has announced a plan to field an exascale system by 2022, but says in order to meet this objective it will require an investment of $1 billion to $1.4 billion for targeted research and development.

Stanford Gets Federal Funding to Bring Solar Research to Exascale Levels

Aug 2, 2013 |

Stanford University will receive $16 million over the next five years from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to use supercomputers to find ways to increase the efficiency of solar energy concentrators. The research project involves developing new models that will help solve vexing engineering challenges on the next generation of exascale supercomputers.

Exascale Advocates Stand on Nuclear Stockpiles

May 23, 2013 |

In quieter times, sounding the bell of funding big science with big systems tends to resonate further than when ears are already burning with sour economic and national security news. For exascale’s future, however, the time could be ripe to instill some sense of urgency….