Red Storm

Red Storm is a massively parallel processing supercomputer developed by Sandia Labs and Cray for the Department of Energy to do advanced simulation and modeling in nuclear weapons research. It is now being rededicated to national security problems including cyber defense, vulnerability assessments, situational awareness and more.

NNSA Dedicates National Security Computing Center at Sandia Labs – [nnsa.energy.gov]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today dedicated the National Security Computing Center (NSCC) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.

The NSCC is a Department of Energy user facility for top-secret level applications that require high performance computing. Its unique capabilities will be applied to help solve pressing national security problems such as cyber defense, vulnerability assessments, informatics (network discovery), space systems threats and situational awareness. The system can also be used to provide high-fidelity, physical simulations and advanced imagery processing.

“The NSCC provides a first if its kind ability for the nation,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “It is also one of the first visible steps in NNSA’ s commitment to interagency partnerships and a glimpse of our future science, technology, and engineering enterprise. That fact that our supercomputing capabilities are being used for intelligence missions is also an important example of how our investment in nuclear security is providing the nation the tools to tackle broader national challenges.”

The Red Storm supercomputing platform was built at Sandia National Laboratories as part of NNSA’s stockpile stewardship program. Listed last year as one of the top 15 fastest computers in the world, Red Storm is one of a suite of platforms across its national laboratories that NNSA’s Office of Advanced Simulating and Computing (ASC) uses to ensure the United States nuclear weapons stockpile continues to be safe, secure and reliable without nuclear testing.

National Security Computing Center open for business – [sandia.gov]

NSCC will be used to help solve pressing national security problems in areas such as cyber defense, vulnerability assessments, informatics (network discovery), and space systems threats. The facility can also be used to provide high-fidelity simulations and advanced imagery processing.

Red Storm Rising: New National Security High Performance Computing Center Launched – [homelandsecuritynews.info]

NNSA authorized Sandia to upgrade Red Storm to a 280 teraflop computing capacity and extend its operations for at least four to five more years to power robust high-performance computing systems in both classified and unclassified environments. The Red Storm platform and facility are extensible, allowing them to accommodate future upgrades and improvements with minimal interruption.

Introducing Red Storm – [sandia.gov]

Red Storm was constructed of commercial off-the-shelf parts supporting the custom IBM-manufactured SeaStar interconnect chip. The interconnect chips, one of which accompanies each of 12,960 AMD Opteron™ compute nodes, make it possible for Red Storm’s processors to pass data to one another efficiently while applications are running. The interconnect is also key to the three-dimensional mesh that allows 3-D representations of complex problems. Red Storm holds a world record in visualization and two of the High Performance Computing Challenge (HPCC) benchmarks, PTRANS (optimized run) and RandomAccess (baseline run).

A flat architecture is another unique feature. A simple design means that information can pass more directly from processor to processor without having to pass through many levels of processors in a complex hierarchy. The Catamount operating software runs the application with a user-friendly Linux system serving as the user interface.

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