Cray has announced that it has been awarded contracts to provide four out of five possible systems in support for the 2008 Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program technology resfreshment cycle [DoD HPCMP TI-08.... welcome to acronym hell]. The $30 million contract is one of the largest ever DoD HPCMP system awards to a single vendor. The contract outlines the delivery of four Cray XT5 systems with subsequent support to DoD research centers including the Army Research Lab [ARL], Naval Oceanographic Office [NAVO] and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center [ARSC].
It’s an incredible honor to play such a significant role in helping to ensure the continued strength of the military’s research and development efforts,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. “The DOD’s HPCMP is one of the longest-standing supercomputing programs in existence, having enabled major materials innovations, higher fidelity computer simulations, more efficient testing and the development of critical weapons systems. We value the opportunity to provide our systems in this capacity and look forward to continuing our partnership with the HPCMP into the future. The scalability, innovation and upgradeability that are uniquely characteristic of the Cray XT5 supercomputers will enable the DOD to continue to achieve the engineering and scientific breakthroughs that will strengthen our national security.”
For those not intimately involved with the DoD HPCMP pedigree, this has some interesting implications for Cray. The three research centers involved with the deal were not recently Cray customers. ARL most recently purchased three clusters from LNXI, NAVO was historically an IBM shop and ARSC has a cluster built by Sun [also formerly an IBM shop]. As such, this win probably makes Peter Ungaro grin even more.
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[Ed.: Ed Kornkven from ARSC wrote in to clarify a bit about his center: "What was reported is true -- we do have a Sun cluster and will be replacing our IBM system with the XT5. However, we have a long history with Cray starting with our first supercomputer, a Cray Y-MP (which went into production in 1993), followed by T3D (1994), T3E (1997), J932 (1998), SV1 (2000), SV1e (2001), SV1ex (2001), SX-6 (2002), X1 (2003), and our XD1 which was installed in 2005 and just removed from production at the end of 2007. We have had several IBM systems also, going back to 2001, but I wouldn't call us an 'IBM shop."