Appro (http://www.appro.com), a developer of supercomputing solutions focusing on medium to large-scale deployments, has been awarded a subcontract for a 147.5TF Appro 1U-Tetra™ supercomputers from Lockheed Martin in support of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). The HPCMP supports DoD objectives to strengthen national prominence by advancing critical technologies and expertise through use of High Performance Computing (HPC). Research scientists and engineers benefit from HPC innovation to solve complex US defense challenges.

As a subcontractor of Lockheed Martin, Appro will provide system integration, project management, support and technical expertise for the installation and operation of the supercomputers and Lockheed, as a prime contractor will provide overall systems administration, computer operations management, applications user support, and data visualization services supporting five major DoD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRCs). This agreement was based on a common goal of helping customers reduce complexity in deploying, managing and servicing their commodity High Performance Computing solutions while lowering their total cost of ownership.

The following are the supercomputing centers where Appro clusters will be deployed through the end of 2010:

  • Army Research Laboratory DSRC at Aberdeen Providing Ground, MD,
  • US Air Force Research Laboratory DSRC at Wright Patterson AFB, OH,
  • US Army Engineer Research and Development Center DSRC in Vicksburg, MS,
  • Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center at Stennis Space Center, MS,
  • Arctic Region Supercomputing Center DSRC in Fairbanks, AK.

Appro 1U-Tetra™ supercomputers consist of 21 cluster racks powered by Eight-Core AMD Opteron™ processors. The system is configured with Appro ACE Management nodes, compute nodes, login nodes, large shared memory nodes, and graphics nodes based on NVIDIA Tesla GPU. The system is supported by large memory and visualization node Graphic Processing Units (GPU) for improved overall performance and faster simulation results. As configured and deployed, the entire system provides 147.5 Tflops aggregate peak performance with 83.4Tflops powered by graphics nodes and a usable memory capacity bandwidth of more than 71.8Terrabytes/s. All compute and graphic nodes in the system are interconnected by a dual-rail QDR Infiniband interconnect fabric that provides reduced inter-processor latency and improved system reliability. The system also offers a bridge directly to an existing global parallel file system through Infiniband fabric allowing high bandwidth parallel access to the storage file system from all of the compute nodes. The system comes pre-configured with the Appro Cluster Engine (ACE) Management System that supports load balanced fault-tolerant interconnect while maximizing the bandwidth associated with MPI processes for mission critical operations.

According to a market study Worldwide Defense High Performance Computing (HPC) Market Forecast 2010-2015 the global defense high performance computing market is projected to increase from $2.6 billion in 2010 to $3.3 billion in 2015. The estimate for worldwide cumulative market 2010 – 2015 is $18 billion, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% in the 6-year period.