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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-21, 2014

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Multi-System Supercomputer Procurements – Is It a Good Idea?

SESSION: Multi-System Supercomputer Procurements – Is It a Good Idea?


TIME: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Panelists:Arthur S. Bland, Bronis R. de Supinski, Manuel Vigil, Katie Antypas, Susan Coghlan, James H. Rogers, Larry Hoelzeman, Jay Pecce



The U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories have partnered together to issue two solicitations to purchase five major supercomputers for delivery over the next several years. Los Alamos, Sandia, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories are procuring the Trinity and NERSC-8 systems and Lawrence Livermore, Argonne, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories partnered to procure the Sierra, ALCF-3, and OLCF-4 systems. In this panel, we will briefly describe each of the acquisitions, and then discuss the pros and cons of issuing a single solicitation to acquire multiple systems. The moderator and audience will pose questions on the process; if this was a good way to acquire systems or not; do they think the outcome of the acquisition was better or not? The panel will include project or technical leads for each system, as well as representatives from the vendor community.

Moderator/Panelist Details:

Arthur S. Bland (Moderator) - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Bronis R. de Supinski - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Manuel Vigil - Los Alamos National Laboratory

Katie Antypas - National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Susan Coghlan - Argonne National Laboratory

James H. Rogers - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Larry Hoelzeman - Cray Inc.

Jay Pecce - IBM

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