Exaflop supercomputer will provide security for US nuclear arsenal management software
Cray will receive $ 600 million to create the world's first exaflop supercomputer El Capitan.
The US government has signed with Cray a 600 million contract to create the world's first exaflops supercomputer called El Capitan. The supercomputer should become the most productive on earth and will be used to manage US nuclear stockpiles. El Capitan's release date is set for late 2023.
El Capitan will be used as part of the US Nuclear Arsenal Management Program, which supports the US national security mission and monitors the country's nuclear arsenal in the absence of underground tests. The supercomputer will also focus on evolving national security threats, deterring nuclear programs and countering nuclear terrorism.
Currently, the fastest supercomputers in the world are Summit and Sierra, owned by IBM. Sierra's performance is 125 petaflops, and El Capitan will be able to work ten times faster. According to Livermore National Laboratory, the performance of the new supercomputer will be able to exceed 1.5 exaflops. That is, the machine will be able to perform 1.5 quintillion calculations per second, which will allow it to be used for government security applications. In addition, El Capitan will consume four times less power than Sierra.
The United States Nuclear Arsenal Management Program (Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program) is a program to verify the tactical and technical characteristics and reliability of nuclear warheads of missiles and their maintenance.