Department of Defense
High Performance Computing Modernization Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) recently completed a portion of its fiscal year 2019 investment in supercomputing capability supporting the DoD Science and Technology (S&T), Test and Evaluation (T&E), and Acquisition Engineering (AE) communities. The acquisition consists of a supercomputing system with corresponding hardware and software maintenance services. At 12.8 petaFLOPs, this procurement will increase the DoD HPCMP's aggregate supercomputing capability to 53 petaFLOPs. This system significantly enhances the Program’s capability to support the Department of Defense’s most demanding computational challenges, and includes significant capabilities for artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, and machine learning (ML).

The system, the HPCMP’s first with greater than 10 PetaFLOPS of peak computational performance, will be installed at the Navy’s DSRC’s facility at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi and will serve users from all of the services and agencies of the Department. The architecture of the system is as follows:

• A Cray Shasta system with 290,304 AMD EPYC “Rome” compute cores and 112 NVIDIA Volta V100 General-Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs), interconnected by a 200 gigabit per second Cray Slingshot network and supported by 1 PB of NVMe-based solid state storage, 590 terabytes of memory, and 14 petabytes of usable storage.

The system is expected to enter production service early in fiscal year 2021.

About the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP)
The HPCMP provides the Department of Defense supercomputing capabilities, high-speed network communications and computational science expertise that enable DoD scientists and engineers to conduct a wide-range of focused research and development, test and evaluation, and acquisition engineering activities. This partnership puts advanced technology in the hands of U.S. forces more quickly, less expensively, and with greater certainty of success. Today, the HPCMP provides a comprehensive advanced computing environment for the DoD that includes unique expertise in software development and system design, powerful high performance computing systems, and a premier wide-area research network. The HPCMP is managed on behalf of the Department of Defense by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center located in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
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