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Pentagon Awards Supercomputer Contracts Totaling $68 million

The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded $68 million in contracts to California-based Penguin Computing for two high-performance supercomputers.

The DoD High-Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) will provide high-performance computing capability “to tackle…computationally challenging problems in fluid dynamics, chemistry and materials science, electromagnetics and acoustics, climate/weather/ocean modeling and simulation, among other applications.”

Supercomputers for Navy and Air Force

The contracts include installation of Penguin TrueHPC platforms at the Navy Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Air Force Research Lab’s DSRC at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

The naval computing platform will provide 176,128 compute cores from 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors and 144 NVIDIA A100 Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). The air force platform will provide 189,440 compute cores from 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors and 152 NVIDIA A100 GPUs. 

Computer Capacities

According to Penguin, the naval system is “interconnected by an NVIDIA HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand network and supported by more than 26 PB (petabytes) of Data Direct Networks storage, including over 4 PB of high-speed NVMe-based solid-state storage and 370 TB of system memory, and will provide 8.5 petaFLOPs of peak performance.”

The air force system will be “interconnected by an NVIDIA HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand network and supported by more than 20 PB of Data Direct Networks storage, including over a PB of high-speed NVMe-based solid-state storage and 405 TB of system memory, and will provide 9 petaFLOPs of peak performance.”

Penguin Computing President Sid Mair stated, “By implementing Penguin’s TrueHPC solution, the DoD HPCMP user community will be able to conduct advanced research for the highly complex problems the user community is tasked with solving.”

 

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