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New supercomputing institute established

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Cray and Sandia National Laboratories have formed the Supercomputing Institute for Learning and Knowledge Systems (SILKS) – a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) focused on knowledge discovery, data management and informatics computing. Located at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, USA, SILKS will bring together hardware resources, software assets and researchers that are proficient in knowledge discovery, data management and informatics computing at large scale.

Sandia and Cray are collaborating on the CRADA and establishing SILKS with three primary technical objectives: 

  1. Accelerate the development and application of high-performance computing (HPC) technologies focused on solving knowledge discovery, data management and informatics problems at scale;

  2. Collaborate to overcome the implementation barriers to a wider adoption of data-driven HPC computing technologies in knowledge discovery, data management and informatics;

  3. Apply these technologies to innovation in science, engineering and for homeland security.