Penguin Computing’s Tundra Extreme Scale Series Selected for National Labs

Penguin Computing is providing the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with the company’s Tundra™ Extreme Scale (ES) solution to bolster computing for national security at Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories. The deployment of these supercomputing clusters will be one of the world’s largest Open Compute-based installations, a major validation of Penguin Computing’s leadership in Open Compute, high-performance computing architecture.

The three-year contract provides NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program with high-performance computing clusters for its mission to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent without underground testing – a program called stockpile stewardship. The ASC program brings together the computing capabilities and expertise at NNSA’s three national laboratories. When complete, the Tundra Extreme Scale installations will realize a peak performance range of 7-9 petaflops. Penguin Computing selected a future generation Intel® Xeon® processor and motherboard for cost-effective and reliable system performance.

NNSA’s Doug Wade, head of the agency’s ASC program, noted that the computing clusters will provide needed computing capacity for NNSA’s day-to-day work at the three labs managing the nation’s nuclear deterrent. He added that the tri-lab effort will help reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies, and facilitate collaborations that benefit our nation’s security, support academia, and advance the technology that promotes American economic competitiveness.

The Tundra ES series will be one of the first next-generation processor systems delivered at scale and will meet today’s advanced computing needs across the federal, academic and commercial markets. It’s a cost-effective solution developed in the spirit of the Open Compute Project Foundation’s goals.

The Tundra ES series provides the market with density, serviceability, reliability and optimized total cost of ownership for highly-demanding computing requirements. Penguin Computing designed Tundra ES according to guidelines for the Intel® Scalable System Framework. In addition to the federal segment, the Tundra cluster platform is highly-effective in a range of industries such as financial, higher-education, scientific research and manufacturing.

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