The US Army has selected Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for the delivery of new supercomputers for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) high-performance computing modernisation programme (HPCMP).

The new contract has a total value of $57m and was awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

It will involve the supply of latest HPE SGI 8600 systems, which are intended to help bolster the development and procurement of advanced national security capabilities.

"The DoD’s continuous investment in supercomputing innovation is a clear testament to this development and an important contribution to US national security."

The company will also offer continuous system support for five years under the arrangement, including the provision of on-site system administration and applications support personnel from HPE.

HPE High-performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence vice-president and general manager Bill Mannel said: “The DoD’s continuous investment in supercomputing innovation is a clear testament to this development and an important contribution to US national security.

“HPE has been a strategic partner with the HPCMP for two decades and we are proud that the DoD now significantly extends this partnership, acknowledging HPE’s sustained leadership in high-performance computing.”

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The company will deliver four HPE SGI 8600 supercomputers and related services to the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) as part of the initiative, as well as three systems to the US Navy DSRC.

The USAF systems will be located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and are expected to help support various research programmes, including hypersonic and computational modelling of current and advanced air, naval and ground weapon systems and platforms.

In addition, the Navy DSRC systems will enhance advanced weapons capabilities and offer high reliability for its global weather modelling requirements.

The HPE SGI 8600 supercomputer is a sixth-generation system that has been designed to address a wide range of challenging issues, including those relating to life, earth and space sciences, as well as engineering, manufacturing and national security concerns.