Next-gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors to power DoE's supercomputers

The computing systems, built under the second Commodity Technology Systems contract (CTS-2), will be deployed at the NNSA's Tri-Labs (LLNL, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)), replacing the current Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) commodity systems which were sourced by the 2015 CTS-1 contract.


Devdiscourse News Desk | California | Updated: 22-09-2021 09:18 IST | Created: 22-09-2021 09:18 IST
Next-gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors to power DoE's supercomputers
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Intel said on Tuesday its next-generation Xeon Scalable processors (code-named Sapphire Rapids) have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DoE/NNSA) to power the supercomputers used within NNSA's Life Extension Program for mission-critical efforts in stockpile stewardship.

In a separate release, the NNSA's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced the awarding of a subcontract to Dell Technologies to supply the Intel-powered computing systems to support NNSA's nuclear deterrent mission.

The computing systems, built under the second Commodity Technology Systems contract (CTS-2), will be deployed at the NNSA's Tri-Labs (LLNL, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)), replacing the current Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) commodity systems which were sourced by the 2015 CTS-1 contract.

The CTS-2 SUs will incorporate next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors with next-generation Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. The SUs will be configured into more powerful multiple-SU systems according to the specific mission needs of each laboratory.

"The CTS-2 systems will serve the NNSA stockpile management and production modernization programs, along with other mission-critical efforts underpinning our stockpile stewardship program. We look forward to working closely with Dell Technologies as our new vendor partner in delivering more powerful and energy-efficient computing cycles to our customers," said Thuc Hoang, director of the NNSA ASC program.

Initial system deliveries are scheduled to begin in mid-2022 and continue through 2025.

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