The US Army is renewing 2014-era supercomputing contracts with Cray and SGI to provide “high performance computing systems, administration, and maintenance” to the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program. On Wednesday, the DoD reported that Cray and SGI will each receive $26.5 million for the work, which is expected to run through April 24, 2021.
In less than two months, the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) Executive Council must present its implementation plan. Just what that will look like remains a mystery but budgets, governance, and private-public partnering models were on the minds of attendees to last week’s HPC User Forum in Broomfield, CO, where the first public panels with Read more…
SGI was awarded a contract worth $30,750,000 to supply the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with a 3.9 petaflops SGI ICE X supercomputer. This is the second time in the last two months that SGI has inked a major deal with the Department of Defense (DoD) for its ICE product. Both awards were allocated through Read more…
The US Army Research Laboratory is getting $500,000 and one billion hours of supercomputing time to study the inner workings of internal combustion engines. The award was granted by the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Frontier Project, now in its second year. The Army Research Lab will receive $100,000 per year Read more…
The Maui High Performance Computing Center is eager to proceed with the Maui Solar Initiative, since it was determined that the 1.5-megawatt solar farm would not significantly impact the environment.
The GSAs FedRAMP program has cloud providers looking to receive government endorsement.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/SC12_logo_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”137″ height=”74″ />The upcoming Super-computing Conference (SC12) may not turn out to be the blow-out high performance computing hullabaloo it normally is. The recent GSA scandal involving overzealous spending at one of their conferences a couple of years ago has precipitated new federal policy that is forcing government labs to abandon their exhibits and cutback attendance at the world’s largest supercomputing event.
The Department of Defense has announced a cloud computing strategy that aligns the agency with Federal efficiency standards. It details the transition from traditional IT services, including methods to promote adoption, establish an enterprise cloud infrastructure and consolidate datacenter resources. Beyond technical details, the program also aims to overcome any cultural challenges associated with migration to cloud technology.
Federal R&D money could be an easy target for cost-cutting with latest legislation.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the NC State effort to overcome the memory limitations of multicore chips; the sale of the first-ever commercial quantum computing system; Cray’s first GPU-accelerated machine; speedier machine learning algorithms; and the connection between shrinking budgets and increased reliance on modeling and simulation.