Cray셲 Shas짯ta Super짯com짯pu짯ter for the Exas짯ca짯le Era to Enable High-per짯for짯mance Com짯pu짯ting Solu짯ti짯ons to Boost Next-gene짯ra짯ti짯on Sci짯en짯ti짯fic Mode짯ling for U.K. Defence Organization

SEATTLE, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Glo짯bal super짯com짯pu짯ter lea짯der Cray, a Hew짯lett Packard Enter짯pri짯se com짯pa짯ny, today announ짯ced that the United Kingdom셲 Ato짯mic Wea짯pons Estab짯lish짯ment (AWE) has sel짯ec짯ted the Cray Shasta채 super짯com짯pu짯ter to sup짯port secu짯ri짯ty and defence of the U.K. The Shas짯ta sys짯tem, pur짯po짯se-built for the exas짯ca짯le era, was cho짯sen due to its abili짯ty to run mixed workloads and appli짯ca짯ti짯ons at the best total cost of owner짯ship (TCO) for a sys짯tem across five years.

AWE셲 super짯com짯pu짯ter, named Vul짯can, will fea짯ture a sin짯gle Shas짯ta super짯com짯pu짯ter with expec짯ted per짯for짯mance of more than 7 peta짯flops. Shas짯ta will play an inte짯gral role in main짯tai짯ning the U.K.셲 nuclear deter짯rent. 쏦igh-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting is a cri짯ti짯cal aspect of AWE, said Andy Herd짯man, head of HPC at AWE. 쏧t under짯pins the vast majo짯ri짯ty of our sci짯ence-based pro짯grams, and we셱e con짯ti짯nu짯al짯ly loo짯king for ways to enhan짯ce and sup짯port this important work. This is why we cho짯se Shas짯ta, for its uni짯que and powerful fea짯tures, as well as its abili짯ty to pro짯vi짯de opti짯mal TCO.

The U.K. Minis짯try of Defence is respon짯si짯ble for the pro짯gram and ste짯ward짯ship of AWE, which is ope짯ra짯ted under con짯tract by AWE Manage짯ment Limi짯t짯ed. The Estab짯lish짯ment has been at the fore짯front of U.K. nuclear deter짯rence for more than 60 years. Pre짯di짯ca짯ted on the Com짯pre짯hen짯si짯ve Nuclear Test Ban Trea짯ty which pro짯hi짯bits emis짯si짯on of nuclear yield, AWE must con짯ti짯nu짯al짯ly veri짯fy the safe짯ty and relia짯bi짯li짯ty of nuclear war짯heads through sci짯ence-based and com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal pro짯gramming. Shas짯ta will fur짯ther extend AWE셲 sophisti짯ca짯ted sci짯en짯ti짯fic and tech짯no짯lo짯gi짯cal capabilities.

We are incre짯di짯bly proud to be cho짯sen by AWE to sup짯port their important mis짯si짯on, said Peter Unga짯ro, pre짯si짯dent and CEO at Cray. 쏶has짯ta will bring Exas짯ca짯le Era tech짯no짯lo짯gies to bear on AWE셲 chal짯len짯ging mode짯ling and simu짯la짯ti짯on data-inten짯si짯ve workload and enable the con짯ver짯gence of AI and ana짯ly짯tics into this same workload, on a sin짯gle system.

Vulcan셲 Shas짯ta archi짯tec짯tu짯re will include the Cray Slingshot꽓 inter짯con짯nect, AMD EPYC 7542 pro짯ces짯sors and Cray Clus짯terS짯tor짰 Lust짯re sto짯rage. The high per짯for짯mance sto짯rage sys짯tem will offer near짯ly 100 giga짯bytes per second of I/O performance.

We are plea짯sed to once again part짯ner with Cray to deli짯ver a powerful new super짯com짯pu짯ter that will sup짯port cri짯ti짯cal rese짯arch efforts in the U.K., said For짯rest Nor짯rod, seni짯or vice pre짯si짯dent and gene짯ral mana짯ger, AMD Dat짯a짯cen짯ter and Embedded Sys짯tems Group. 쏰ur 2nd Gene짯ra짯ti짯on AMD EPYC꽓 pro짯ces짯sors pro짯vi짯de unpre짯ce짯den짯ted per짯for짯mance while hel짯ping to redu짯ce TCO, key ele짯ments for dri짯ving suc짯cess for AWE in the coming years.

About Cray Inc.
Cray, a Hew짯lett Packard Enter짯pri짯se com짯pa짯ny, com짯bi짯nes com짯pu짯ta짯ti짯on and crea짯ti짯vi짯ty so visio짯na짯ries can keep asking ques짯ti짯ons that chall짯enge the limits of pos짯si짯bi짯li짯ty. Dra짯wing on more than 45 years of expe짯ri짯ence, Cray deve짯lo짯ps the world셲 most advan짯ced super짯com짯pu짯ters, pushing the boun짯da짯ries of per짯for짯mance, effi짯ci짯en짯cy and sca짯la짯bi짯li짯ty. Cray con짯ti짯nues to inno짯va짯te today at the con짯ver짯gence of data and dis짯co짯very, offe짯ring a com짯pre짯hen짯si짯ve port짯fo짯lio of super짯com짯pu짯ters, high-per짯for짯mance sto짯rage, data ana짯ly짯tics and arti짯fi짯ci짯al intel짯li짯gence solu짯ti짯ons. Go to www.cray.com for more information.

About AWE

AWE plays a cru짯cial role in natio짯nal defence by pro짯vi짯ding and main짯tai짯ning war짯heads for Trident, the UK셲 nuclear deterrent

AWE is con짯trac짯ted to the Minis짯try of Defence (MOD) through a Govern짯ment-owned Con짯trac짯tor Ope짯ra짯ted (GOCO) arran짯ge짯ment. Whilst our sites and faci짯li짯ties remain in govern짯ment owner짯ship, their manage짯ment, day to day ope짯ra짯ti짯ons, and the main짯ten짯an짯ce of the nuclear stock짯pi짯le is con짯trac짯ted to a pri짯va짯te com짯pa짯ny AWE Manage짯ment Limi짯t짯ed (AWE ML). AWE ML is a con짯sor짯ti짯um com짯pri짯sing three equal part짯ners: Ser짯co Group plc, the Lock짯heed Mar짯tin Cor짯po짯ra짯ti짯on and Jacobs Engi짯nee짯ring Group. For fur짯ther infor짯ma짯ti짯on, visit: http://www.awe.co.uk

CRAY and Clus짯terS짯tor are regis짯tered trade짯marks of Cray Inc. in the United Sta짯tes and other count짯ries, and Shas짯ta and Slingshot are trade짯marks of Cray Inc. Other pro짯duct and ser짯vice names men짯tio짯ned her짯ein are the trade짯marks of their respec짯ti짯ve owners.