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Cray Wins Another Contract

Things were looking bleak for super computer manufacturer Cray (CRAY) earlier this year as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ended a big contract for their system. This was a major hit to their projected revenue for the next few years. Since then though they have been able to find other contracts to offset this including one for systems for the Air Force and weather research.

Now they have been awarded another contract with Los Alamos National Laboratory. This is worth about $45 million and should make up for the DARPA loss. The computers will be used by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Los Alamos to help manage the U.S. nuclear weapon program. President Obama just announced a new agreement with Russia to reduce the number of weapons in the U.S. inventory.

Based on the last two contract awards $45 million pays for one petaflop of processing capability. This is one thousand trillion floating point operations per second and is the current record for any computer.

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Cray Wins Three New Computer Contracts

Cray announced that it had been awarded a contract to provide three new computers to parts of the U.S. Defense Department. The value of the award will be $45 million. The computers will be provided to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), U.S. Army and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center.

Cray had been struggling recently with the decision by the Defense Advanced Research Products Agency (DARPA) to cancel a contract with Cray to provide computers and support. That program was scaled back and its loss cost Cray about $60 million in revenue. That decision seriously impacted future projections but much of that will be made up for with this contract.

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DoD buys Cray computers

February 19, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Contract Awards, Cray, Department of Defense, IT 

Cray announced that they had won four contracts from DoD to provide supercomputers to support research sites. See Puget Sound Business Journal here for more. The value is close to $30 M and represents one of the largest investments that DoD has done in this kind of capability.

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