The U.S. Energy Department has selected NetApp to provide the storage foundation for its Sequoia supercomputer, which the company expects to be twice as fast as today’s most powerful system.
Sequoia will be housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration establishment whose primary mission is to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the U.S.’ nuclear deterrent without underground testing.
NetApp said it expects Sequoia to have a peak speed of twenty thousand trillion arithmetic operations per second. The company said the computational processes it can generate in an hour would equal the output of all 6.7 billion people on earth working together on a calculation 24 hours a day for 320 consecutive years.
Sequoia will manage massive compute workloads with mission-critical needs for real-time analytics, scalable performance and secure storage. Its calculations will primarily support LLNL’s nuclear security mission and other national security operations.
“More and more organizations in the federal sector are taking advantage of the immense computing power that big data technology provides and LLNL is a great example of that,” said Mark Weber, president of NetApp’s U.S. public sector. “NetApp is working closely with organizations like LLNL throughout the U.S. government to provide the innovative storage solutions required today to solve the challenges of tomorrow. We are honored to provide LLNL the storage foundation for what will be one of the world’s most impressive supercomputers.”