Cray Gets $30 Million DoD Supercomputing Contract
The systems vendor will supply two XC40 supercomputers and two Sonexian storage systems to a Navy computing center in Mississippi.Cray continues to rack up the supercomputing contracts, with the latest one a $30 million deal for two supercomputers and two storage systems at a U.S. Navy site in Mississippi. The system vendor on Dec. 15 said the contract with the Department of Defense calls for the installation of two XC40 supercomputers and two Sonexian storage systems at the Navy's Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The systems will be installed next year, according to Cray officials. The contract is part of the Department of Defense's (DoD) larger High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). The initiative is more than 20 years old and is designed to bring high-performance computing (HPC), networking and computational expertise to DoD scientists, researchers and engineers for a broad range of research, development and test applications. The Navy DSRC will use the Cray systems for work in coastal-ocean circulation and wave-model oceanography that will result in products that will be used by the Navy and DoD around the world. The XC40s will offer the Navy center a more than 2.5-times increase in the site's computing capabilities, according to Christine Cuicchi, director of HPC centers for the HPCMP. The program has spent more than $150 million for supercomputers in 2014.
The Navy DSRC is one of five supercomputing centers established by the HPCMP, according to Cray.