The Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DOD HPCMP) has awarded a contract to Cray to upgrade the program’s three existing Cray XE6 supercomputers. As part of the contract, Cray will also deliver a new Cray XE6m supercomputer to the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, California, which will be used by the organization’s Marine Meteorology Division.
Under the terms of the contract, Cray will double the number of processor cores in each of the three systems by upgrading the Cray XE6 supercomputers to the AMD Opteron(TM) 6200 Series “Interlagos” processors. Additionally, Cray will combine these separate systems into one petascale supercomputer, which will be located at the DSRC at ERDC.
The upgrade to the three systems and the consolidation into one large Cray supercomputer, as well as the delivery of the Cray XE6m system to the Naval Research Laboratory, are expected to be completed later this year. The initial contract is valued at more than $16 million in product revenue and also includes separately priced options for multi-year maintenance service.
In 2010, Cray was awarded a contract to provide three Cray XE6 supercomputers to the DOD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRCs) at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) located at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) in Fairbanks, Alaska and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi.