Shares of supercomputer maker Cray Inc. soared more than 13 percent Thursday after the Seattle company announced that it had won a $174 million contract with the National Nuclear Security Administration.
It is one of the company’s largest contracts, and follows a $54 million deal that Cray just landed last month with the Korea Meteorological Association.
The NNSA is buying a Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system, technologies that will be used to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.
The system is called “Trinity” and will used by the New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories as part of the NNSA Advanced Simulation and Computing Program (ASC).
“Both Los Alamos and Sandia have a long history with 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.”em,
The new Trinity system — which will include 82 petabytes of storage capacity — is expected to deliver more than eight times greater applications performance than the Cielo system. The system will be delivered in late 2015 or early 2016.