The Cray XC40 supercomputer and Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer

DOD orders up more supercomputing power

The Defense Department’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has ordered up the latest Cray XC supercomputer and Cray Sonexion storage system for the DOD Supercomputing Resource Center at the Army Research Laboratory.

The HPCMP will use the next-generation Cray XC to run advanced, complex simulations to pursue scientific discoveries, technological advances and analyses that provide soldiers the capabilities to execute full-spectrum operations, according to the company’s announcement.

"Supercomputing is a key enabling technology for the DOD as it continues mission critical work to improve both the safety and effectiveness of the U.S. military," said John West, director of the HPCMP. "These newly acquired Cray systems ensure that scientists and engineers in the DOD's research, engineering, and evaluation communities will continue to be able to take advantage of a robust computing ecosystem that includes the best computational technologies available today."

The initial contract, awarded by Army Engineering and Support Center, in Huntsville, Ala., is valued at more than $26 million and includes four separately priced one year options for maintenance. The system is expected to be installed in late 2014.

The Cray XC40 supercomputer and Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer are the latest models and feature the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, formerly code named "Haswell." They provide users with a two-times improvement in performance over previous Cray XC and Cray CS systems, the company said.

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