The US Division of Vitality (DOE) and the Nationwide Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) have introduced that Cray will construct the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, referred to as El Capitan for $600m, which might be used to assist handle the US’ nuclear stockpile.
El Capitan might be tasked with performing important features for the Stockpile Stewardship Program because it helps US nationwide safety missions by making certain that the nation’s nuclear weapons stay secure, safe and efficient.
The brand new supercomputer might be developed as a part of the second part of the Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore (CORAL-2) procurement. Cray has already constructed two supercomputers for the US authorities together with Aurora for the Argonne Nationwide Lab and Frontier for Oak Ridge.
All the agency’s new supercomputers are construct on the Shasta structure which goals to mix the velocity and scale of high-performance computing with the benefit at which cloud-based enterprise instruments are administrated.
Cray’s El Capitan is about to reach in 2022 and the brand new supercomputer might be working on the order of 1.5 exaflops or floating level operations per second. Along with defending the US’ nuclear weapons, as soon as El Capitan is totally operational it should even be used for labeled nuclear weaponry design.
Earlier than the supercomputer begins its work on nuclear weapons, there might be a “shakeout interval” throughout which period researchers could have entry to it. Since El Capitan remains to be three years out, it’s unclear as to how lengthy this era will final or who will be capable to use the supercomputer.
DOE undersecretary for nuclear safety and administrator of the NNSA, Lisa E Gordon-Hagerty defined how El Capitan will assist the US keep a nuclear deterrent, saying:
“NNSA is modernizing the Nuclear Safety Enterprise to face 21st century threats. El Capitan will permit us to be extra responsive, revolutionary and forward-thinking in the case of sustaining a nuclear deterrent that’s second-to-none in a rapidly-evolving menace atmosphere.”