UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Launches SGI Supercomputer

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Launches SGI Supercomputer 
SGI(R) ICE(TM) X Systems to Accelerate Research and Scientific
Modelling for UK Defense Organisation 
MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/14 --  SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), the
leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announces
that the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has concluded a
complete acceptance of three SGI ICE X systems. A formal ceremony
today at AWE signifies the full operational status of the systems.  
AWE manufactures and maintains warheads for the UK's nuclear
deterrent, Trident. This encompasses the entire life cycle of nuclear
warheads, from initial concept, assessment and design through
component manufacture and assembly, in-service support,
decommissioning and then disposal.  
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty prohibits any test that
produces any nuclear yield underground, underwater, in the atmosphere
or in space. AWE must therefore continually develop methods to verify
the safety and reliability of nuclear warheads through a
science-based program. 
"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. Crucially,
this means we can continue to underwrite the safety and effectiveness
of the Trident warhead in the comprehensive test ban treaty era,"
commented Paul Tomlinson, head of High Performance Computing at AWE.
"From the very outset there was a one-team approach between SGI and
AWE. We are very happy with the professionalism and adaptability of
SGI to meet and exceed our expectations throughout this complex
SGI ICE X systems were subject to a series of stringent acceptance
tests and reliability runs. The performance achieved throughout the
testing, not only met, but in many cases exceeded SGI's performance
"As is often the case with critically important supercomputers of
this magnitude, the project was subject to a demanding delivery
timeline. The dedication and expertise of our onsite services team
working in close partnership with AWE ensured we completed acceptance
ahead of the agreed timetable," said Jorge Titinger, president and
CEO of SGI. "Our services capabilities differentiated SGI in the
bidding process and we went above and beyond to deliver on our
"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," said Titinger. 
About the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
 The Atomic Weapons
Establishment has been central to the defence of the United Kingdom
for more than 50 years through its provision and maintenance of the
warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent, Trident. The work
undertaken at AWE covers the entire life cycle of nuclear warheads;
from initial concept, assessment and design, through to component
manufacture and assembly, in-service support, and decommissioning and
Around 4,500 staff are employed at the AWE sites together with over
2,000 contractors. The workforce consists of scientists, engineers,
technicians, crafts-people and safety specialists, as well as
business and administrative experts -- many of whom are leaders in
their field. 
The AWE sites and facilities are government owned but the UK Ministry
of Defence (MOD) has a government-owned contractor-operated contract
with AWE Management Limited (AWE ML) to manage the day-to-day
operations and maintenance of the UK's nuclear stockpile. AWE ML is
formed of three equal shareholders -- Serco, Lockheed Martin and
Jacobs Engineering Group. For further information, visit: 
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