"Our center is pleased to continue over twenty-five years of excellence in providing highly available supercomputers for the Department of Defense," said Christine Cuicchi, Director of the Navy DSRC. "While the new supercomputer itself will be quite the workhorse, it is complemented by a host of additional tools and services that the Navy DSRC offers in support of DoD users’ research activities."
"Most people wouldn’t expect Mississippi to be one of the premier locations for large-scale supercomputing,” Cuicchi added. "But we are, and this new system will solidify our presence in the HPC community.”
The system will reside and operate at the Navy DSRC at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. It has a peak theoretical computing capability of 12.8 petaflops, or 12.8 quadrillion floating point operations per second. Shasta ranks as the first high-performance computing (HPC) system in the HPCMP to offer more than 10 petaflops of computing power to DoD scientists, researchers, and engineers.
"The investment and increase in supercomputing power at the Navy DSRC at Stennis Space Center is absolutely critical to Naval Oceanography delivering future capability upgrades to global and regional ocean and atmospheric prediction systems, to include later this year the Navy’s first Earth Systems Prediction Capability," said Commander, Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) Rear Adm. John Okon.
If Shasta were to go online today, it would be among the top 25 most powerful supercomputers in the world, as ranked by Top500.org. As it stands, Shasta is expected to be online in early 2021.