The UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has begun using three SGI supercomputing systems to help build and test the UK's nuclear deterrent arsenal of warheads.
AWE is responsible for making, maintaining and decommissioning the warheads used in the UK's nuclear deterrent Trident system.
The SGI's supercomputer technology will be used to test the warheads in computer-generated scenarios as real-world tests are banned by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The treaty blocks any test that produces nuclear yield underground, underwater, in the atmosphere or in space.
AWE head of High Performance Computing Paul Tomlinson said it expects the supercomputing technology to help improve its research and development projects.
"It's critical that advanced high-performance computing systems underpin our science program, and SGI's supercomputing systems are enabling us to quickly advance research and development," he said.
"Crucially, this means we can continue to underwrite the safety and effectiveness of the Trident warhead in the comprehensive test ban treaty era."
SGI president and CEO Jorge Titinger said the technology is scalable, so AWE can further increase its computing capacity in the future should it need to.
"Our continued commitment to AWE ensures they can address the future of nuclear weapons, and safely, strategically advance a range of scientific challenges. The SGI ICE X systems are scalable and flexible, enabling AWE to run a wide range of applications and improve scientific modelling," he said.
Trident is one of many military programmes to receive investment for new technologies. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began working on advanced big data solutions for military and government use in March.
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