Intel/Cray to build Argonne’s next-gen supercomputer

argonneAs the third part of the government’s big-time, multi-lab supercomputing initiative known as CORAL (Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore), the U.S. Department of Energy today announced a $200 million investment for a supercomputer to be named “Aurora” at Argonne National Laboratory.According to today’s announcement, Aurora will use Intel’s HPC scalable system framework to provide a peak performance of 180 petaflops (or 180 million billion calculations per second). Intel will work with Cray Inc. “as the system integrator sub-contracted to provide its industry-leading scalable system expertise together with its proven supercomputing technology and HPC software stack. Aurora will be based on a next-generation Cray supercomputer, code-named ‘Shasta,’ a follow-on to the Cray XC series.”

DOE earlier announced new IBM supercomputers at ORNL and Lawrence Livermore.

In today’s announcement, DOE said of Aurora, “The system will help ensure continued U.S. leadership in high-end computing for scientific research while also cementing the nation’s position as global leader in the development of next-generation exascale computing systems.  Aurora, in effect a ‘pre-exascale’ system, will be delivered in 2018.  Argonne and Intel will also provide an interim system, called Theta, to be delivered in 2016, which will help ALCF users transition their applications to the new technology.”

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