Sierra

Sierra, Livermore’s next advanced technology high performance computing system, is joining LLNL’s lineup of supercomputers in 2018. The new system will provide computational resources that are essential for nuclear weapon scientists to fulfill the National Nuclear Security Administration’s stockpile stewardship mission through simulation in lieu of underground testing. Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program scientists and engineers will use Sierra to assess the performance of nuclear weapon systems as well as nuclear weapon science and engineering calculations. These calculations are necessary to understand key issues of physics, the knowledge of which later makes its way into the integrated design codes. This work on Sierra has important implications for other global and national challenges such as nonproliferation and counterterrorism.

For Sierra's installation, the CORAL partnership (Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore) was formed to procure high performance computers from multiple vendors. IBM was selected as the vendor for LLNL. The IBM-built Sierra supercomputer is projected to provide four to six times the sustained performance and five to seven times the workload performance of Sequoia, with a 125 petaFLOP/s peak. At approximately 11 megawatts, Sierra will also be about five times more power efficient than Sequoia. By combining two types of processor chip—IBM’s Power 9 processors and NVIDIA’s Volta graphics processing units—Sierra is designed for more efficient overall operations and is expected to be a promising architecture for extreme-scale computing.

Our CTO's Sierra Overview PowerPoint provides even more details. Or, view our latest LLNL press release and video.

Zone
SCF
Vendor
IBM
CPU Clock Speed (Ghz)
3.1
Nodes
Login Nodes*
GPU nodes
4,320
Total Nodes
4,474
CPUs
CPU Architecture
IBM Power9
Cores/Node
44
Total Cores
190,080
GPUs
GPU Architecture
NVIDIA V100 (Volta)
Total GPUs
17,280
GPUs per compute node
4
GPU peak performance (TFLOP/s double precision)
7.00
Memory
Memory Total (GB)
1,382,400
CPU Memory/Node (GB)
256
GPU Memory/Node (GB)
64
Peak single CPU memory bandwidth (GB/s)
170
Peak Performance
Peak TFLOPS (CPUs)
4,666
Peak TFLOPs (GPUs)
120,960
Peak TFLOPS (CPUs+GPUs)
125,626
OS
RHEL
Interconnect
IB EDR
Program
ASC
Year Commissioned
2018
Compilers
Documentation
Availability
Limited

*Login nodes: sierra[4358-4362]
NOTE: most numbers are for compute nodes only - not login or service nodes.