I<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/computer_chips_on_die_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”102″ height=”93″ />ntel, AMD, NVIDIA, and Whamcloud have been awarded tens of millions of dollars by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to kick-start research and development required to build exascale supercomputers. The work will be performed under the FastForward program, a joint effort run by the DOE Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) that will focus on developing future hardware and software technologies capable of supporting such machines.
NetApp flexed its newly acquired supercomputing muscles this week when it announced it would be supplying one of the largest Lustre storage system in the world for the Sequoia supercomputer to be installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory next year. NetApp’s E-Series storage, which they inherited when the company purchased LSI’s Engenio business, will be used to provide 55 petabytes of disk arrays for the 20-petaflop Sequoia machine.
Not everyone is on board with the NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.
For the second time in five years, Appro has been tapped to provide the National Nuclear Security Administration with HPC capacity clusters for the agency’s Advanced Simulation and Computing and stockpile stewardship programs. The Tri-Lab Linux Capacity Cluster 2 award is a two-year contract that will have the cluster-maker delivering HPC systems across three of the Department of Energy’s national labs. The deal is worth tens of millions of dollars to Appro and represents the biggest contract in the company’s 20-year history.
Future NVIDIA Tesla-equipped Cray machine will put lab at the forefront of GPU computing.
Cray wins NNSA supercomputing contract; and Tokyo Tech researchers make breakthroughs in weather forecasting using GPU computing. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.
Roadrunner and Jaguar, the DOE supercomputers that launched the petaflop era last year, will soon be eclipsed by new machines more than ten times as powerful. IBM and the US National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Tuesday that in 2011 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will install a 20 petaflop system to provide computational support for the country’s aging nuclear weapons.