UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment Buys 7 Petaflop Cray Supercomputer

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The UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), which looks after warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent Trident, is buying a new seven petaflop Cray Shasta supercomputer, the HPE-owned company said late Tuesday. 

The AWE has selected a supercomputer built on second-generation AMD EPYC (7542) processors, HPE said, chosing it for its “ability to run mixed workloads and applications at the best total cost of ownership.” Terms were not disclosed.

The Atomic Weapons Establishment performs modelling on warhead behaviour “from the quantum scale, through microscale phenomena, to large-scale properties of materials”. It is also the UK’s centre of expertise

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