The World’s fastest computer is planned to be built to manage the US nuclear stockpile.

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Cray gets a $174 million contract from NNSA

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has handed Seattle-based supercomputer maker Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY) a $174 million contract, the biggest in its history, to develop “Trinity,” a new machine to manage nuclear weapons.

The supercomputer is set to be installed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and used to “ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the United States’ nuclear stockpile,” Cray said in a statement.  The NNSA was created by Congress in 2000 as a semi-autonomous agency under the supervision of the US Department of Energy. It is tasked with enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science

“Trinity will target the largest and most demanding simulations for NNSA,” said Bruce Hendrickson, Sr. Manager of the Extreme-scale Computing group at Sandia National Laboratories.  It was the NNSA who named the computer “Trinity,” and it is unknown if this is a reference to the science fiction movie “The Matrix” where Trinity was one of the main characters fighting the control of those who had locked the world into a computer-based simulation program.  The program was previously codenamed “Cascade.”

Trinity will be a combined project 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 statement said.

“Both Los Alamos and Sandia have a long history with Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY), going back to the beginning of the supercomputing era and most recently with the Cielo platform,” said Gary Grider, High Performance Computing Division Leader at Los Alamos. “That history continues with the Trinity platform that will provide next generation supercomputing in support of the U. S. nuclear security enterprise.”

Cray: New supercomputer will run applications up to eight times faster

Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY) said the supercomputer will run applications up to eight times faster than its existing “Cielo” supercomputer installed at Los Alamos, which boasts a speed of 1.37 petaflops. Cray is planning to outfit Trinity, which will boast 82 petabyes of storage, with the latest technology from Intel Haswell and Knights Landing processors; Cielo uses chips from Advanced Micro Devices.

“The NNSA has consistently deployed the world’s most advanced supercomputing systems to support their critical mission of ensuring the health of our nation’s nuclear stockpile,” Cray president and CEO Peter Ungaro said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more proud that, once again, the NNSA has placed its trust in Cray to provide them with the computational tools needed to support their important mission.”