Cray to Develop Trinity, the Fastest Supercomputer to Manage Nuclear Weapons in US

By , July 13th, 2014 | Science | 1 Comment

The National Nuclear Security Administration and Cray, a supercomputer maker based in Seattle, have finalized the details of a contract worth $ 174 million for the development of the fastest computer in the world.

Trinity will be the name of the supercomputer and its work will be to manage the nuclear weapons in the United States. Its main work will be to ensure safety, security and efficacy of the dangerous weapons owned by the U.S. defense forces.

The development of the super-fast computer forms part of NNSA’s program dubbed Advanced Simulation and Computing Program. Sandia National Laboratories and New Mexico Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale at the Los Alamos National Laboratory will undertake it in a joint venture.

“We look forward to working with Cray to create a significant increase in supercomputing capability for key NNSA national security applications,” Bruce Hendrickson of Extreme-scale Computing. “Trinity will target the largest and most demanding simulations for NNSA.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory will be Trinity’s home after development. To make it the fastest computer, Cray has said it will use the latest technology available in the market from companies such as Knights Landing and Intel Haswell.

The fastest supercomputer manufactured by Cray, named Cielo, has a speed of 1.37 petaflops and is installed in Los Alamos. According to Cray, Trinity will surpass this speed. Peter Ungaro, the CEO and president of Cray said that it has been NNSA’s tradition to use the most advanced technology to ensure the country’s nuclear weapons stock piles are safe.

“We couldn’t be more proud that, once again, the NNSA has placed its trust in Cray to provide them with the computational tools needed to support their important mission”, said Ungaro.

It is not clear whether Trinity will be used to launch the nuclear weapons should need to use them arise.

  • Carlos Long

    Totally ludicrous notion that the fastest super computer in America is devoted to managing a finite inventory of weapons that should not even be considered to be used.
    Why not use our processing power to arrive at some answers to global warming, the evolution of the universe or how to get to Mars in less than 6 months.

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