The Army Research Laboratory has selected composable infrastructure provider Liqid to build a pair of supercomputing systems with Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) Xeon processors and NVIDIA's (Nasdaq: NVDA) Ampere graphics processing units as part of a technology refresh initiative at ARL's Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center in Maryland.
ARL said Monday it expects the production of Kay and Jean supercomputers to commence in the mid-2021 fiscal year timeframe and both systems will join the existing Hellfire and Centennial machines at the center to provide a cumulative computational power of 23.3 petaflops.
Liqid first announced the $32M contract award by the Army Corps of Engineers in October to carry out the projects.
Bob Sheroke, an ARL computer scientist, said the two supercomputers will be equipped with artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics tools for DOD users to manage data-intensive computational tasks.
He added that the department has invested more than $2.5B in ARL DSRC infrastructure as part of the DOD High Performance Computing Modernization Program.