The systems are being procured under NNSA's tri-laboratory Commodity Technology Systems programme, or CTS-1, to bolster computing for national security at Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories. The resulting deployment of these supercomputing clusters will be one of the world's largest Open Compute-based installations, a major validation of Penguin Computing's leadership in Open Compute high-performance computing architecture.
"These computing clusters will provide needed computing capacity for NNSA's day-to-day work at the three labs managing the nations nuclear deterrent", stated Doug Wade, head of NNSA's ASC programme. "This tri-lab effort will help reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies, and facilitate collaborations that benefit our nation's security, support academia, and advance the technology that promotes American economic competitiveness."
The three-year contract provides NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program with high-performance computing clusters for its mission to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent without underground testing - a programme called stockpile stewardship. The ASC programme brings together the computing capabilities and expertise at NNSA's three national laboratories. When complete, the Tundra Extreme Scale installations will realize a peak performance range of 7-9 petaflops. Penguin Computing selected a future generation Intel Xeon processor and motherboard for cost-effective and reliable system performance.
"We are delighted to have been chosen by the NNSA for this hallmark award and this selection further validates how the Tundra ES system, combining the benefits of Open Compute with a high-density compute architecture, can meet the demanding supercomputing needs of an advanced programme like CTS-1", stated Tom Coull, CEO, Penguin Computing. "We are applying these capabilities to meet today's advanced computing needs across the federal, academic and commercial markets, with cost-effective solutions developed in the spirit of the Open Compute Project Foundation's goals. We are also very proud that this Tundra ES series will be one of the first next-generation processor systems delivered at scale."
Penguin Computing's Tundra Extreme Scale Series provides the market with density, serviceability, reliability and optimized total cost of ownership for highly-demanding computing requirements. Working with Intel, Penguin Computing designed Tundra ES according to guidelines for the Intel Scalable System Framework. In addition to the federal segment, the Tundra cluster platform is highly-effective in a range of industries, such as financial, higher-education, scientific research and manufacturing.
CTS-1 shows how the Open Compute and Open Rack design elements can be applied to high-performance computing and deliver similar benefits as its original development for Internet companies", stated Philip Pokorny, Chief Technology Officer, Penguin Computing. "We continue to improve Tundra for both the public and private sectors with exciting new compute and storage models coming in the near future."
"The selection of Intel Xeon processors for the CTS-1 supercomputing clusters underscores our performance leadership and is validation of the Intel Scalable System Framework for developing high-performance, balanced, scalable and efficient HPC systems", stated Hugo Saleh, Director of Marketing and Industry Development, Intel's Enterprise and HPC Platforms Group. "The HPC industry is in the midst of unprecedented change, and everything about how HPC systems are used and built is evolving to support more complex models with ever expanding data sets, as well as the expanded usage of HPC systems in new industries. Intel is excited to be partnering with Penguin Computing on the CTS-1 programme and its important mission of safely, securely and reliably managing the nation's nuclear stockpile."
Penguin Computing, which will be compensated $39 million with options for additional clusters, will begin delivery of this extraordinary Tundra Extreme Scale solution in Q1 of 2016, with completion of the installation over a three-year period.