DOE Taps IBM, Mellanox, Nvidia Tech for $325M Nat’l Lab Supercomputer Program


dhs-cyberThe Energy Department will allocate $325 million in funds to develop two new supercomputers at the Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and another $100 million toward future extreme scale supercomputing technologies.

Oak Ridge’s “Summit” and Lawrence Livermore’s “Sierra” supercomputers will contain IBM‘s (NYSE: IBM) Power Architecture, Mellanox’s Interconnected and NVIDIA’s Volta GPU technologies under the $325 million set of CORAL (Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore) program awards, DOE said Friday.

DOE said Summit will be built to run five times faster than Oak Ridge’s current machine and Sierra will work to operate seven times faster than Lawrence Livermore’s current machine.

Argonne National Laboratory plans to announce its CORAL award selection at a later date, the department said.

Under the $100 million Fast Foward 2 program, DOE’s science office will collaborate with the National Nuclear Security Administration on research and development activities in the area of advanced extreme scale computing.

AMD, Cray, IBM, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and NVIDIA will participate in Fast Forward 2.

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