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DOE to Build Next-Generation Supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

New Pre-Exascale System Will Be Named ‘Perlmutter’ in Honor of Lab’s Nobel Prize-Winning Astrophysicist

Portrait photo - Saul Perlmutter

Saul Perlmutter

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has signed a $146 million contract with Cray for the facility’s next-generation supercomputer, a preexascale machine slated to be delivered in 2020. Named “Perlmutter” in honor of Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, it is the first NERSC system specifically designed to meet the needs of large-scale simulations as well as data analysis from experimental and observational facilities.

The new supercomputer represents DOE Office of Science’s commitment to extreme-scale science, developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and discovering new materials. It will be a heterogeneous system comprising both CPU-only and GPU-accelerated cabinets that will more than triple the computational power currently available at NERSC.

“Continued leadership in high performance computing is vital to America’s competitiveness, prosperity, and national security,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in making the announcement.

Go here to read a DOE news release on the announcement.

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