Three principal US national labs today affirmed they will team-up to build supercomputers that operate about 10 times faster than today's most powerful high performance computing (HPC) systems.
The project, known as the Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore (CORAL) national labs will build 200 peak petaflops (quadrillions of floating point operations per second) systems for each of the labs, at a cost of about $125 million each, in the 2017-2018 timeframe, the group stated.
The collaboration sprung from the fact that the labs will all likely be replacing their current supercomputers - Argonne's Mira, Livermore's Sequoia and Oak Ridge's Titan, at almost the same time.
A joint Request for Proposals for the CORAL procurement was issued Jan. 6 and responses were submitted Feb. 18. Responses to that request are now being evaluated and the plan is that CORAL partners will select two different vendors and procure a total of three systems, two from one vendor and one from the other. Livermore is leading the procurement process, the group stated.
According to a statement, Livermore's system, to be called Sierra, will be best suited to support the applications critical to nuclear stockpile stewardship. Oak Ridge and Argonne will employ systems that meet the needs of their DOE Office of Science missions which includes all manner of applications from climate change and energy development to advanced manufacturing and national security.
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