CSRA Expands Supercomputing Cluster for NIH Research

September 30, 2016

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 30 — CSRA Inc. (NYSE: CSRA), a leading provider of next-generation IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, announced it completed the installation of the latest increment of computing power to the Biowulf supercomputing cluster at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Information Technology. Biowulf is designed to process a large number of simultaneous computations that are typical in genomics, image processing, statistical analysis, and other biomedical research areas.

This increased computing power will enable NIH researchers to make important advances in biomedical fields that are deeply dependent on computation, such as whole-genome analysis of bacteria, simulation of pandemic spread, and analysis of human brain MRIs. Results from these analyses will benefit American citizens by enabling new treatments for diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, infectious disease, and mental health.

As the prime contractor, CSRA procured all of the components and managed the integration and installation of the equipment into the Biowulf system – collaborating with several industry partners. CSRA is also helping support the ongoing operation of the Biowulf cluster.

The installation adds 1,080 nodes (1.1 Petaflops or 1.1 thousand trillion operations per second) to the pre-existing 1,124 node cluster (318 Teraflops or 318 thousand million operations per second), along with an additional 3.8 Petabytes (3.8 thousand trillion bytes of data) of storage which will dramatically increase the computing power available to the NIH intramural research community.

The system features compute nodes from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with Intel Haswell processor technology; large scale storage from DataDirect Networks; FDR Infiniband interconnect components from Mellanox Technologies; and Ethernet switches from Brocade Communication Systems.

CSRA is a leader in high performance computing services, helping a wide variety of government customers achieve important mission objectives. CSRA supports supercomputers used by NASA for applications such as space launch system development, fuel efficient aircraft design, climate modeling, and astrophysics. The company also supports supercomputers used by scientists at NOAA to develop new weather and climate models.

About CSRA Inc.

Every day CSRA (NYSE: CSRA) makes a difference in how the government serves our country and our citizens. We deliver a broad range of innovative, cloud-enabled, next-generation IT solutions and professional services to help our customers modernize their legacy systems, protect their applications, infrastructure, and assets and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of mission-critical functions for our warfighters and our citizens. Our 18,000 employees understand that success is a matter of perseverance, courage, adaptability and experience. CSRA is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. To learn more about CSRA, visit www.csra.com.


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