The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) plans to deploy four small identical high-performance computing systems, each spanning 4U.

The systems will be used to process radar data in real-time.

Naval Research Laboratory
– Naval Research Laboratory

The four radar back-end processing systems were revealed in a government sources-sought posting, with the NRL gauging industry interest in fulfilling the contract.

Each system should meet or exceed the following specifications:

A 4U Rack Mountable Chassis with:

  • Quad (3+1) 3000W Redundant Power Supplies (200-240VAC Input)
  • 12× 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS3/SATA3/NVMe drive bays
  • 4× IEC C19 to C20 Power Cable, 15AWG, 250V/15A, Black - 10ft

The motherboard shall have the following specifications:

  • 48× 288-pin DIMM Sockets
  • Dual AMD CPU Compatible Sockets
  • 8 DW FHFL PCIe 5.0 x16 slots
  • 4 FHFL PCIe 5.0 x16 slots
  • 2 LP PCIe 5.0 x16 slots
  • Onboard NVMe 6.4Gbps Controller with 12 ports
  • 16× SATA 6Gbps AHCI Ports
  • 2× AMD EPYC 9474F Processor 48-core 3.60GHz 256MB Cache
  • 24× 32GB PC5-38400 4800MHz DDR5 ECC RDIMM
  • 2× 15.0TB Samsung PM9A3 Series U.2 PCIe 4.0 ×4 NVMe Solid State Drive
  • 2× Nvidia A100 GPU Computing Accelerator - 80GB HBM2
  • 2× Nvidia RTX A6000 48GB GDDR6
  • Intel 100-Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter E810-2CQDA2
  • Debian Linux 11 (64-bit) installed on one of the 15TB drives

Respondents had until September 15 to reply to the initial sources sought, ahead of a likely procurement notice.