Intel Xeon Scalable processors to power supercomputers for NNSA

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has selected Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Sapphire Rapids) and Dell Technologies to power the supercomputers used within NNSA’s Life Extension Program.
Intel for CIOsThe NNSA’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory awarded a subcontract to Dell Technologies to supply the Intel-powered computing systems that will be deployed at the NNSA’s Tri-Labs (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories).

Today’s news supports the NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program operated at the NNSA’s Tri-Labs. The Commodity Technology Systems contract (CTS-2) awarded will enable these three national laboratories to build more energy-efficient computing systems that will focus on performing modeling and simulation capabilities in support of NNSA’s stockpile stewardship program.

Initial system deliveries are scheduled to begin in mid-2022 and continue through 2025. The systems will replace the current ASC commodity systems that were sourced by the 2015 CTS-1 contract and are nearing retirement.

The computing systems being built through CTS-2 will incorporate next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. The Xeon Scalable processors are optimized for high-performance computing workloads, with built-in acceleration for modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence and high-performance data analytics.