US Defense Selects SGI To Build A New Supercomputer

The Department of Defense (DoD) has selected SGI to build a new petaflop supercomputer, as part of its High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). The new computer will enhance the compute capabilities of the DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).

The HPCMP is meant to improve mission-critical research and drive innovation throughout the Armed Forces. With a theoretical peak performance of 4.6 petaflops of compute power, the ICE X computer is the fastest non-classified supercomputer in the military.

“We are excited to once again partner with SGI. With a theoretical peak performance of 4.6 Petaflops, the SGI ICE X system will triple the ERDC DSRC’s current compute capability,” said Bobby Hunter, director of the ERDC DSRC in a statement.

Now one thing to be noted about ICEX is that it achieves this performance basedon its CPU power and not due to added 3rd party GPUs or processors.

The system will also come with 12 petabytes of storage through an SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 based on NetApp E-Series technology, running Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre. The servers run SuSe Linux Enterprise Server 11 and custom SGI clustering software.

The equipment will be installed in a new data center at the ERDC Information Technology Laboratory in Vicksburg, Mississippi. SGI says it will enable real-time analytics, something not available via the previous systems.

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