The National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded Cray a $174 million contract to build a computing technology for managing the security and safety of U.S.’ nuclear weapons stockpile.
NNSA said Thursday the Trinity system is intended to support computing and simulation activities at the Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national labs under the agency’s nuclear stewardship program.
“Supercomputing is a critical element of the NNSA’s mission to maintain and enhance the safety, security, reliability and performance the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, and we are incredibly honored that a Cray supercomputer will play a vital role in this important work, ” said Peter Ungaro, Cray president and chief executive.
Cray will design the supercomputer to employ burst buffer and power management models and include compute nodes, high-speed interconnect, memory and parallel file systems, according to NNSA.
The Intel-powered infrastructure will be housed in Los Alamos’ Metropolis Computing Center, with delivery scheduled to occur in mid-2015.
NNSA is part of the Energy Department and works to maintain the country’s nuclear stockpile without conducting underground tests as well as to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.