The Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced that Cray has been awarded a third U.S. exascale system contract. The system, dubbed "El Capitan", will be sited at LLNL. Cray now has $1,5 billion in business for Shasta supercomputing systems and the new software platform.
"The Shasta software used with the El Capitan system expands traditional supercomputing to support the complex workflows and numerous 3D studies necessary to unlock the full potential of exascale computing", stated Bill Goldstein, lab director at LLNL. "The flexibility and extensibility of El Capitan's software and hardware environment will enable the NNSA laboratories to explore and develop capabilities that leverage the combination of AI and machine learning with modeling and simulation to accelerate time-to-solution for our national security codes. These technologies could apply equally well to multi-physics codes employed outside of the national security domain."
Cray has a rich history of developing the most performant, scalable and reliable software in supercomputing. This is validated by the vast majority of global weather centres that rely on Cray to deliver time critical numerical weather forecasts. These weather centres are at the forefront of the convergence of HPC, AI and IoT workloads that operate at immense scale.
Cray's new software platform improves performance and reliability by including new key capabilities:
"As we enter the exascale era, modern applications are creating the need for applying supercomputing capability to a new class of digital transformation problems. What is the domain of a few national laboratories today is fast becoming a necessity for every enterprise", stated Peter Ungaro, president and CEO, Cray Inc. "With our new software platform, Cray is delivering a fully featured, extensible software and tools environment that performs like a supercomputer and runs like a cloud. The same Cray technology that powers exascale systems can be delivered in a single, low-cost rack and ready to integrate into any data center environment."
With this next generation supercomputing software platform, Cray has addressed key requirements:
"Shasta is designed to support extremely heterogeneous workloads not just from science and engineering, but also from the growing contingent of enterprises that acquire supercomputers to outcompete their rivals in the new era of digital transformation and AI", stated Steve Conway, COO and senior vice president of research at Hyperion Research. "Cray Shasta supercomputers aim to move leading enterprises beyond proof-of-concept to production, and to operate on premises or in the cloud. By integrating extremely heterogeneous requirements into the new Shasta system hardware and software, Cray has substantially expanded its addressable market to include enterprise analytics, AI and Cloud computing."
Cray's new software platform will be available starting Q4 of 2019.
"The Department of Energy is the world leader in supercomputing and El Capitan is a critical addition to our next generation systems", stated U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. "El Capitan's advanced capabilities for modelling, simulation and artificial intelligence will help push America's competitive edge in energy and national security, allow us to ask tougher questions, solve greater challenges and develop better solutions for generations to come."
"NNSA is modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise to face 21st century threats", stated Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. "El Capitan will allow us to be more responsive, innovative and forward-thinking when it comes to maintaining a nuclear deterrent that is second to none in a rapidly-evolving threat environment."