The Cray systems will be located at the U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (Navy DSRC) at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The Navy DSRC is a premier provider of high performance computing services and support to scientists and engineers at the DoD, and is one of the five supercomputing centers established by the HPCMP. The Navy DSRC will use the Cray XC40 supercomputers to produce high-resolution, coastal-ocean circulation and wave-model oceanography products supporting Navy and DoD operations worldwide.
"The acquisition of these Cray XC40 systems is part of an historic year for the HPCMP," said Christine Cuicchi, Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program Associate Director for HPC Centers. "We have now purchased over $150 million of supercomputers within the 2014 calendar year. The XC40s provide a 2.5x increase in the Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center's capability. These supercomputers are vital to groundbreaking science and research discoveries in support of the U.S. Department of Defense."
In operation for more than 20 years, the DoD HPCMP remains focused on its mission to accelerate technology development and transition into superior defense capabilities through the strategic application of high performance computing (HPC), networking and computational expertise. The HPCMP provides the people, expertise and technologies that increase the productivity of the DoD's Research, Development, Test and Evaluation community. Cray has worked closely with the HPCMP since its inception.
"The DoD High Performance Modernization Program remains committed to its vision of using advanced computational environments to solve the DoD's most critical mission challenges, and we are honored that, once again, the program has turned to Cray," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "This shared passion for providing users with powerful and highly-advanced supercomputing technologies speaks to the long, collaborative partnership we are proud to have built with the Navy DSRC and across the HPCMP."
Cray XC40 supercomputers are engineered to meet the performance challenges of today's most demanding HPC users. Special features of the Cray XC40 supercomputer include: the industry-leading Aries system interconnect; a Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality constraints; optional DataWarp applications I/O flash SSD accelerator technology; innovative cooling systems to lower customers' total cost of ownership; the next-generation of the scalable, high performance Cray Linux Environment supporting a wide range of applications; Cray's HPC optimized programming environment for improved performance and programmability, and the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types in a tightly-integrated system infrastructure.
Cray's Sonexion storage solution combines Cray's Lustre expertise with a tightly integrated, unique design that allows for maximum scalability and performance. Management and operations are simplified through an appliance design with all storage components including software, storage and infrastructure.
Awarded by US Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, the contract is valued at more than $30 million in product revenue and also includes four separately priced one year options for maintenance. The systems are expected to be installed in 2015.