Cray gets USD174m supercomputer contract from NNSA

Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) said it has been awarded one of the largest contracts in its history: a USD174m deal to provide the National Nuclear Security Administration with a next generation Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system.

The next-generation Cray XC supercomputer will provide the NNSA with a world-class supercomputing system to advance the mission for the agency´s stockpile stewardship program. The system, named Trinity by the NNSA, is a joint effort between the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories as part of the NNSA Advanced Simulation and Computing Program. The new Cray supercomputer will be used to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the United States´ nuclear stockpile.

The Trinity system will support all three of the NNSA national laboratories, which include Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The NNSA´s current supercomputer sited at Los Alamos is a Cray XE6 system named “Cielo.” The new Trinity system is expected to deliver more than eight times greater applications performance than the Cielo system.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the US Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the US nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the US Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the US and abroad.

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