Two of the world’s most powerful supercomputing facilities are being upgraded to take advantage of the massive influx of computing power available to the country.
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Centre (NERSC) and National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Wednesday that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Council (NSC) are launching a new collaboration called the “World-class Collaboration on Advanced Research in Computing” (SCAREC).
The two organizations are planning to collaborate to design new computing infrastructure that will enable researchers to access and process data at the world-class speeds and with the efficiency of today’s technology.
“We’ve made significant progress with this new partnership and are working on exciting new collaboration opportunities,” said Dr. David Shulman, deputy director of NERSC, in a statement.
“With our new collaboration, we can advance the pace of computing innovation and the overall goal of making computing as accessible and cost-effective as possible.”NERSE is the country’s largest independent research institute.
It has the largest research budget in the country and is a central component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Computational Science, which develops the technologies and applications for the nation’s science and technology.
The new partnership will combine NERSE’s two supercomputation facilities, which together contain more than a billion computer processors and more than half a billion electronic devices.
In addition to the supercompositions, NERSS has a research and development division that is responsible for supporting the new facilities.
“The two new supercomparison facilities will bring together cutting-edge computing capabilities and infrastructure from NERS and NERSD,” said Stephen McNeill, executive director of the NSF, in the statement.NERSS and NERD will jointly build a supercomputer that will be capable of performing computationally intensive scientific research in the “next 10 years.”
The NSF is the nations primary research and innovation agency and has been the focus of massive research efforts at the National Energy Science and Engineering Center (NEECS) since the 1950s.
The supercomputer will have a total computing power of more than five billion processors and will have the capacity to support at least 5,000 computing tasks, said Stephen Smith, president and CEO of the NERSEC.
The supercomputer’s performance will be improved over time through the use of new super-efficient manufacturing processes that will ensure that the supercomputer can continue to scale indefinitely.
“These two facilities will enable NERS scientists to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo, which will help us accelerate our progress toward building a new generation of high-performance supercomputed systems,” said David Nieper, executive vice president of NERS.
The first of these supercomunications is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.
The second, called SCAREC, will be completed in 2021.
The first is slated to be ready in 2021, while the second is expected to be available by 2024.
Both facilities will be staffed by hundreds of scientists and researchers, with a majority of the research being done by NERS.