Feds Funnel Millions Into Supercomputers
Feds this week awarded more than $146 million in grants to Cray, IBM and Sun Microsystems to build supercomputers.The federal government this week awarded more than $146 million in grants to Cray Inc., IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc. to build supercomputers as part of the second phase of the governments HPCS (high productivity computing systems) program. Through DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the U.S. Department of Defense awarded IBM $53.3 million to continue its PERCS (Productive, Easy-to-use, Reliable Computing Systems) program. The Armonk, N.Y., companys program is aimed at creating computers that can handle a wide variety of enterprise and high-performance computing workloads. Sun, of Santa Clara, Calif., received $49.7 million for a program called Hero, which is designed to use a simplified, integrated architecture to improve worker productivity.
Cray, in partnership with fellow Seattle-based company New Technology Endeavors Inc., received $43.1 million to develop Cascade, a concept that includes hardware innovations, such as processor-in-memory technologies, to create greater memory bandwidth. It also includes software innovations to speed up the development of new applications while maintaining the performance of current apps.