El Capitan, World’s New Fastest Supercomputer for USA Nuclear Stockpile

El Capitan, World’s New Fastest Supercomputer for USA Nuclear Stockpile

Supercomputer maker Cray(Seattle based), has been assigned by US Department of Energy(DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration(NNSA) to develop $600 million Supercomputer ‘El Capitan‘.

The new exaFLOP-scale() supercomputer is capable of conducting 3D simulations at unprecedented speeds to better assess and maintain the country’s nuclear weapons capability. It is planned to come online in 2023. On a related note, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is acquiring Cray for $1.3 billion in a deal expected to close in late 2019 or early 2020.

The new premier supercomputer in the U.S.’s arsenal will reach up to 1.5 exaFLOPS of computational power, or 1.5 quintillion calculations per second. A quintillion weighs in at one quintillion(a billion billion) operations per second, making El Capitan 10 times faster than any existing supercomputer.

El Capitan will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to conduct 3D simulations at an unprecedented scale and , and at resolutions that are largely impossible with existing supercomputers that tend to peak at ~400 petaFLOPS of performance and offer sustained performance in the 200-petaFLOP range.

The one-exaFLOP Aurora comes armed with undisclosed ‘future’ Intel Xeon processors, its not-yet-released Xe graphics architecture, and Optane Persistent DIMMs. Meanwhile, the 1.5-exaFLOP Frontier comes packing -generation AMD EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs. You’ll notice that neither of those systems comes packing Nvidia GPUs, which have long been the mainstay for supercomputers.

El Capitan will consume roughly 40 megawatts of power and be four times more efficient than Sierra, the DOE’s current fastest supercomputer. That enhanced efficiency comes largely as a byproduct of networking, cooling, and software optimizations (AI/ML).

“The future will be all about the fusion of workloads like IoT, analytics, AI, simulation and modeling, all into one business-critical , operating at unprecedented scale and even in real , and often this convergence will happen within a single application,” Cray CEO Peter Ungaro said, describing these capabilities as key for next-generation data centers. “Everything is getting bigger and more challenging.”

El Capitan will be created for the National Nuclear Security Administration and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, also serving the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. The system will run on Cray’s new Shasta supercomputing architecture. In a separate announcement, Cray said it has secured nearly $1.5 billion in contracts for Shasta-based systems.

El Capitan’s job will be to will perform essential functions for the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which supports US national security missions in ensuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear stockpile in the absence of underground testing. Developed as part of the second phase of the Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore (CORAL-2) procurement, the computer will be used to make critical assessments necessary for addressing evolving threats to national security and other issues such as non-proliferation and nuclear counterterrorism.

Credits: https://www.geekwire.com/2019/cray-develop-insanely-fast-600m-el-capitan-supercomputer-u-s-nuclear-simulations/, https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/13/cray-is-building-a-supercomputer-to-manage-the-us-nuclear-stock/ , https://www.tomshardware.com/news/el-capitan-supercomputer-cray-shasta-intel-amd-nvidia,40142.html

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