On Point. High Performance Computing News from SSC San Diego
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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SSC San Diego is one of the original sites for the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program DoD HPCMP. Established in 1993 and located at the Point Loma complex in San Diego, the SSC San Diego Distributed Center DC has been host to two types of scalable parallel HPC systems two Intel Paragon XPS systems, used primarily to support classified and unclassified embedded signal- and image-processing applications research and development RD and the Hewlett-PackardConvex Exemplar SPP-1600XA, used primarily to support command and control software development. The DoD HPCMP funded the majority of the costs to establish the SSC San Diego Distributed Center and has provided several increments of funding to upgrade the systems. The most recent upgrade began with DoD acceptance of a 1997 proposal to leapfrog current HPC technologies in conformance with the Navys Information Technology for the 21st Century IT-21 and the DoDs 2010 visions. With a Fiscal Year FY 98 solicitation and contract award and an additional FY 99 acquisition funding award, the SSC San Diego DC is in the process of replacing its current high performance computing systems with the next generation of supercomputing. These HPC systems will also be scalable and parallel and will be using commodity, commercial off-the-shelf COTS hardware and operating system technology to bring this capability to fleet and DoD operational systems of the future.
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