NVIDIA Lands Contract for New US Government Supercomputers


On November 17, 2014, NVIDIA was awarded a contract to provide GPU technology to two new US Government Supercomputers. The two new computers, called Summit and Sierra, are to replace the current Titan and Sequoia and will feature IBM as the provider for CPUs. Summit and Sierra have a combined price of $325 million and will be built for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Although both supercomputers will be of similar design, Summit will be built as the more powerful of the two. Both systems will utilize IBM POWER 9 CPUs and NVIDIA Volta-based Tesla GPUs. The NVIDIA Volta GPU is the most powerful parallel processor currently available featuring NVLINK (high speed interconnect at 80-200 GB/S) and 3D Stacked Memory (1 TB/s Bandwidth, Larger Capacity, and Increased Energy Efficiency). The Summit will have 150 – 300 PFLOPS performance, ~10MW power consumption, and 3,400 nodes with usage focused on nuclear weapons simulation. On the other hand, the Sierra will have 100+ PFLOPS and no current designation of power consumption or a number of nodes; however, Lawrence Livermore has announced that the machine will be used for high-resolution weapons science and uncertainty quantification for weapons assessment.

NVIDIA is worldwide manufacturer and provider of graphics processing units (GPUs) and system-on-a-chip units (SOCs). The company also provides parallel processing capabilities to researchers and scientists which allow for high-performance applications to be efficiently run. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, the company has met over $4 Billion in yearly revenue by serving several industries such as Semiconductors, Video Games, and Consumer electronics.

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