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Intel Snags DOE Supercomputer Contract

10 April 2015

Intel Corp. will deliver two next-generation supercomputers to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Argonne Leadership Computing Facility under the terms of a contract awarded in early April, Intel says.

The largest of the two supercomputers, dubbed Aurora, will be designed in partnership with supercomputer builder Cray Inc. It will be based on Intel’s high performance scalable system framework and Cray’s next-generation “Shasta” supercomputer, Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) says.

Aurora will be delivered in 2018 and have a peak performance of 180 petaflops, making it the largest system in the world, Intel says.

A second system, to be named Theta, will serve as an early production system for the ALCF. The system, which will be delivered in 2016, will provide performance of 8.5 petaflops while requiring only 1.7 megawatts of power, Intel says.

The contract is part of the DOE’s initiative to build state-of-the-art supercomputers at Argonne, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to help advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and position it at the forefront of exascale computing, according to Intel.

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