Department of Energy To Spend $425 Million On Building Two Supercomputers

Department of Energy To Spend $425 Million On Building Two Supercomputers (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The U.S. Department of Energy said on Friday that they will spend around $425 million to build two super-computers that will aid in the research of science and “promote America’s economic and national security.”

According to a press release from the DoE, $325 million will be given to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to construct the computers, Summit and Sierra.

The machines will be powered by parts from IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia and will be five to seven times more powerful than any systems we currently run today.

“High-performance computing is an essential component of the science and technology portfolio required to maintain U.S. competitiveness and ensure our economic and national security,” Secretary Moniz said. “DOE and its National Labs have always been at the forefront of HPC and we expect that critical supercomputing investments like CORAL and FastForward 2 will again lead to transformational advancements in basic science, national defense, environmental and energy research that rely on simulations of complex physical systems and analysis of massive amounts of data.”

Additionally, another $100 million will be awarded to the FastForward 2 program in order to develop “extreme scale” supercomputing technology.

More information on the Department of Energy’s plans to build super-computers can be found here.