Nextgov: Pandemic-Fighting Supercomputer Gains Upgrade through Coronavirus Relief Funds

“A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-based supercomputer driving coronavirus-centered research received its second upgrade since the beginning of the pandemic.”

“Named not for the virus but after the 2017 total solar eclipse, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Corona high performance computing system recently received assets from chipmaker AMD and information technology company Supermicro that more than double its speed and capacity.”

“Such a boost will pave the way for more robust compute cycles and improve how the supercomputer handles deeply complex simulations—and it was made possible in part by funding from the government’s initial coronavirus relief package, the CARES Act.”

“’While we aren’t releasing the cost of the latest upgrade, we can say that LLNL received a total of $8.7 million in CARES Act funds to buy computing equipment for COVID-19 related research, including this latest expansion to Corona and several other systems that will be announced in the next few weeks,’ the lab’s Public Information Officer Jeremy Thomas told Nextgov Thursday. ‘The funds came through the [Energy Department] Office of Science’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program…’” Read the full article here.

Source: Pandemic-Fighting Supercomputer Gains Upgrade through Coronavirus Relief Funds – By Brandi Vincent, October 9, 2020. Nextgov.


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