The Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) completed a portion of its fiscal year 2022 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 two supercomputing systems with corresponding hardware and software maintenance services. At 10 petaFLOPs, this procurement will increase the DoD HPCMP's aggregate supercomputing capability to 118 petaFLOPs. These systems will significantly enhance the Program’s capability to support the Department of Defense’s most demanding computational challenges, and include significant capabilities for artificial intelligence, data analytics, and machine learning.

The new supercomputers will be installed at the US Army Combat Capabilities Developmental Command Army Research Laboratory (ARL) DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC), and will serve users from all of the services and agencies of the Department.

The ARL DSRC in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, will receive two HPE EX systems containing AMD EPYC (Genoa) processors. The architectures of the systems are as follows:

  • An HPE EX-4000 system with 127,488 AMD EPYC “Genoa” compute cores and 64 AMD MI-250 General-Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs), supported by 335 terabytes of memory and 17 petabytes of usable storage, including 2 petabytes of NVMe-based solid state storage.
  • An HPE EX-2500 system with 57,600 AMD EPYC “Genoa” compute cores supported by 135 terabytes of memory and 13 petabytes of usable storage, including 2 petabytes of NVMe-based solid state storage.

The systems are expected to enter production service in calendar year 2023.

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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