In this video, LLNL CTO Bronis R. de Supinski describes the CORAL project, which is currently soliciting proposals from vendors for three supercomputer systems in the 100 Petaflop range for delivery in 2017. As a three-way collaboration between Livermore, Oak Ridge, and Argonne, the DOE effort seeks to replace today’s Sequoia, Titan, and Mira supercomputers.
This kind of RFP collaboration is a first for us,” said Mike Papka, ALCF Director and Deputy Associate Laboratory Director - Computing, Environment and Life Sciences at Argonne. “This is something that DOE started, and got started recently at NERSC through the Sandia/Los Alamos acquisition. Those two partnered together to acquire two machines, and that was going smoothly, so the Leadership Facility, which is joint between Argonne and Oak Ridge, decided to use a similar process to jointly solicit proposals for our respective next-generation systems.“
In all, CORAL is looking to deliver 400 Petaflops of combined additional computing power for the scientific community. As “Pre-Exascale” systems, they will require the significant advancements in power efficiency if they are to deliver on the requirements laid out in the CORAL RFP.
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