The Department of Defense (DoD) High-Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) awarded two contracts, totaling $68 million, to Penguin Computing to provide high-performance supercomputers and associated capabilities for the Navy and Air Force.
The systems and software will incorporate the latest generation memory and processing technologies, and users will be able to conduct advanced research for the highly complex problems they are tasked with solving. They significantly enhance the department’s ability to tackle demanding computationally challenging issues like fluid dynamics and electromagnetics and acoustics.
Penguin Computing’s platforms will be installed at two out of the four HPCMP’s DoD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRC); the Navy DSRC, based at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Air Force Research Lab’s DSRC, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
The Navy DSRC will gain a system capable of providing 8.5 petaflops of peak performance. The system is interconnected by an NVIDIA HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand network and supported by more than 26 PB of Data Direct Networks storage, including over 4 PB of high-speed NVMe-based solid-state storage and 370 TB of system memory.
And the Air Force Research Lab’s DSRC will gain a system capable of providing nine petaflops. This system is interconnected by an NVIDIA HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand network and supported by more than 20 PB of Data Direct Networks storage, including over a PB of high-speed NVMe-based solid-state storage and 405 TB of system memory.
These computing resources will be among the most powerful supercomputers in the DoD HPCMP’s resources, providing a combined total of over 365,000 cores, more than 775 TB of memory, and a total of 47 PB of high-performance storage, including over five PB of high-performance Flash storage. Combined, these two systems provide a peak performance of around 17.5 petaFLOPs.