Cray has signed a $146M contract with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratoryâs National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center to build a supercomputing system intended for large-scale simulations and data analyses.
TheÂ PerlmutterÂ supercomputer is designed to help NERSC researchers examine data sets from scientific experiments, the Energy DepartmentÂ said Tuesday.
NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh said the center intends to collaborate with Cray, NVIDIAÂ and AMDÂ in efforts to address computational and data requirements at the facility withÂ the new machine.
“We are also launching a major power and cooling upgrade in Berkeley Labâs Shyh Wang Hall, home to NERSC, to prepare the facility for Perlmutter,” Dosanjh added.
Cray will provide its Slingshot interconnect to the project while NVIDIA will supplyÂ GPUs equipped withÂ Tensor Core, direct liquid cooling and all-flash scratch file technologies.
DOE named the supercomputer for Berkeley Lab astrophysicist and Nobel Prize winner Saul Perlmutter. The department expects Cray to deliver the system in 2020.