Cray wins contract for nuclear weapons supercomputer

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently awarded Seattle-based Cray a $174 million contract to develop a supercomputer to manage nuclear weapons.

The computer, which will be named Trinity and housed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, will be one of the fastest in the world, PC Magazine reports.

"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," Peter Ungaro, the president and CEO of Cray, said, according to PC Magazine. "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."

The supercomputer will run applications eight times faster than the existing "Cielo" computer at Los Alamos that uses chips from Advanced Micro Devices and runs at 1.37 petaflops. Trinity will operate using future-generation Intel Haswell and Knights Landing Processors and include 82 petabytes of storage, PC Magazine reports.

The Trinity project will be a joint effort between Sandia National Laboratories and the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale at the Los Alamos lab as part of the NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program.

The supercomputer is scheduled for delivery by the middle of next year, according to PC Magazine.