Four new supercomputers were unveiled at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in February 2019 by the Air Force Research Lab’s Defense Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC). This unclassified supercomputer named for the World War II era P-51 Mustang was described by Virginia Ross, a senior computer engineer at AFRL. The huge computer has 56,448 computing cores and is cooled with water. FILE

Cray wins nearly $26M contract for super-computing work at Wright-Patt

Cray Inc. has been awarded a $25,480,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Department Of Defense high-performance computing modernization work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Bids were solicited via the internet with three received, the department said in a recent announcement. Work will take place on the base with a completion date of Aug. 13, 2025.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, based in Huntsville, Alabama, was the contracting activity.

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Last year, Wright-Patterson pulled back the curtain on the multi-million dollar supercomputers there that support classified data work for missions across the Defense Department.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), a year ago, unveiled the first-ever “Shared Above-Secret Department of Defense High Performance Computing Capability” at its Supercomputing Resource Center, one of only four such sites supported by the Pentagon.

Jeff Graham — director of the AFRL Defense Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) — said the new capability will save billions, while providing access to state-of-the-art computing.

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“The way organizations have done this in the past is they’ve built facilities and bought their own supercomputers to do their own work,” Kelly Dalton, technical director at the center, told the Dayton Daily News last year. “We have a new approach where we’re going to share these computers across different projects. In doing so, (the department is) not building all those facilities and buying all that equipment.”.

It was to be the first time the center would support high classification computing, Dalton said.

Five years ago, Cray also won a $30.75 million contract to provide high-performance computing resources at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Cray specializes in supercomputers, open-systems data storage, and analytics for data.

Messages seeking comment were sent Monday to spokespeople for Cray/Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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