Cray Inc. today landed a $30 million deal with the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program, the latest in a string of large deals for the Seattle maker of supercomputers.
As part of the deal, the Department of Defense ordered two Cray XC40 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion storage systems. The system will be housed at the U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, with the supercomputers used to study wave-model oceanography.
“The acquisition of these Cray XC40 systems is part of an historic year for the HPCMP,” said Christine Cuicchi, Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program Associate Director for HPC Centers. “We have now purchased over $150 million of supercomputers within the 2014 calendar year. The XC40s provide a 2.5x increase in the Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center’s capability. These supercomputers are vital to groundbreaking science and research discoveries in support of the U.S. Department of Defense.”
Shares of Cray are up more than 23 percent, with other recent deals including an $80 million award from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and a $128 million deal with the U.K. weather agency.