Investigating Inventory Management Applications for the World’s Largest Computer Chip


Sandia National Laboratories and its partners today announced a new project to investigate the application of Cerebras Systems’ Wafer-Scale Engine technology to accelerate advanced simulation and computational applications in support of the disaster management mission. country stocks.

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing program is sponsoring the work, and Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos will collaborate with Cerebras Systems on the project.

The chip of the future

A Cerebras Systems worker holds the world’s largest computer wafer, which will be used in Cerebras’ collaboration with Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The partnership will accelerate future advanced simulation and computational applications in support of the national nuclear stockpile. (Photo courtesy of Cerebras Systems.) Click thumbnail for high resolution image.

“The goal of NNSA’s Advanced Memory Technology research and development program is to develop technologies for use in future computer system purchases,” said Thuc Hoang, ASC program director. “We are funding research into technologies that have the potential to deliver 40 times the application performance of our future exascale NNSA systems.”

The Cerebras Wafer-Scale Engine, currently the world’s largest computer chip, was specifically designed for artificial intelligence and machine learning work, said Andrew Feldman, founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems. “The engine contains 2.6 trillion transistors, 850,000 AI cores and powers the Cerebras CS-2, the industry’s fastest AI computer,” he said.

Simon Hammond, Federal Program Manager for CSA’s Computing Systems and Software Environments program, said, “This collaboration with Cerebras Systems has great potential to impact future mission applications by enabling artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, which are an emerging component of our production simulation. workloads.

The new contract is part of the NNSA’s post-Exascale-Computing-Initiative investment portfolio, which aims to maintain the research and technology development momentum and strong engagement with industry that the initiative launched. through its PathForward program. It aims to foster a more robust national high-performance computing ecosystem by increasing the competitiveness of American industry in next-generation high-performance computing technologies.

“We anticipate that the technologies developed under the program will be tested on the advanced architecture prototype systems of the Advanced Simulation and Computing program and will eventually affect the production of advanced and basic technology platforms used by the three laboratories,” said said Robert Hoekstra, Senior Director of Sandia’s Large Scale Computing Group.

Feldman said his company is proud to have been selected for the job.

“Cerebras is thrilled to collaborate with pioneering researchers and scientists at Sandia, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories,” he said. “Cerebras exists to enable researchers and scientists to push the boundaries of current knowledge, helping them solve intractable problems on existing computing infrastructure, as well as dramatically accelerating cutting-edge simulation workloads. Our multi-year partnership with the Advanced Simulation and Computing program will expand the boundaries of the application of artificial intelligence and high performance computing to physics in a range of important applications.

James H. Laros III, Sandia project manager and distinguished member of the technical staff, said he was looking forward to the collaboration. “Technology has great potential to impact how we accomplish our mission in the future.”


Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the National Nuclear Security Administration of the United States Department of Energy. Sandia Labs has significant research and development responsibilities in the areas of nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies, and economic competitiveness, with primary facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in Livermore, California.

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