Department of Defense Selects DDN Storage Solutions to Support New Systems for Upgraded Supercomputing Power and Enhanced AI Capabilities

DDN AI-optimized Intelligent Infrastructure to complement Penguin Computing’s TrueHPC Platform Powering US Navy and Air Force DoD Advanced Research for Breakthrough Innovation

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Feb. 15, 2022 –  DDN®, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management solutions, today announced the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DoD HPCMP) will implement its EXAScaler ES400X appliances in conjunction with Penguin Computing’s TrueHPC™ supercomputing platform. The new systems will be integrated at the Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (Navy DSRC) and Air Force Research Laboratory DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (AFRL DSRC), which rank among the top 100 global supercomputers.

The new systems, using the latest generation storage, memory and processing technologies, will significantly enhance the DoD HPCMP’s capability to support Science and Technology (S&T), Test and Evaluation (T&E) and Acquisition Engineering communities.

“Our DoD customers are dealing with extremely complex data models to conduct their advanced research,” said Jeff Jordan, vice president of Federal Sales at DDN. “DDN’s focus on real-world performance, faster implementation and efficient scaling will get key technology into the hands of users who are driving research, development and operational projects and increasing their productivity. It’s gratifying to see these systems used to help the DOD meet its mission in confronting massive challenges such as COVID-19 research, AI and ML, and virtual prototyping.”

The Navy DSRC system uses 26 PB of DDN’s EXAScaler storage, including 4PB of NVMe-based flash storage and 22 PB of disk drive-based storage for long term data. The AFRL DSRC system, supported by over 20 PB of DDN’s EXAScaler storage, enables high-performance data analytics as well as adding to the HPCMP’s capability to support DoD artificial intelligence requirements.

DDN has deployed multi-petabyte systems to support the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Aberdeen, Maryland and the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. These deployments support their programs by supplying solutions specifically designed to address complex workloads and diverse resource demands. Modern AI and analytics use cases require more storage performance and scalability to drive faster computation and make data management easier and secure.

“We are pleased to partner with DDN to deliver solutions that will help the DoD in their pursuit of solutions to the most challenging science and technology questions,” said Sid Mair, president, Penguin Computing. “Together, Penguin Computing and DDN look to set the standard for efficient High-Performance Computing and AI infrastructure.”

The AFRL DSRC and Navy DSRC systems are expected to enter production service early in calendar year 2022.

Additionally, DDN will be exhibiting at the AFCEA WEST 2022 conference on Feb. 16-18, 2022 in San Diego, Calif. at booth #2806. Federal division representatives from DDN will showcase solutions helping customers accelerate digital transformation and achieve levels of scale, efficiency and reliability with better and faster decisions from their massive datasets. To learn more about DDN’s role at AFCEA WEST 2022 or to schedule a meeting with DDN at the show, please visit

About the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP)

The HPCMP provides the Department of Defense supercomputing capabilities, high-speed network communications and computational science expertise that enable DoD scientists and engineers to conduct a wide-range of focused research and development, test and evaluation, and acquisition engineering activities. This partnership puts advanced technology in the hands of U.S. forces more quickly, less expensively, and with greater certainty of success. Today, the HPCMP provides a comprehensive advanced computing environment for the DoD that includes unique expertise in software development and system design, powerful high-performance computing systems, and a premier wide-area research network. The HPCMP is managed on behalf of the Department of Defense by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. For more information, visit

About DDN

DDN is the world’s largest private data storage company and the leading provider of intelligent technology and infrastructure solutions for Enterprise at Scale, AI and analytics, HPC, government and academia customers. Through its DDN and Tintri divisions, the company delivers AI, Data Management software and hardware solutions, and unified analytics frameworks to solve complex business challenges for data-intensive, global organizations. DDN provides its enterprise customers with the most flexible, efficient and reliable data storage solutions for on-premises and multi-cloud environments at any scale. Over the last two decades, DDN has established itself as the data management provider of choice for over 11,000 enterprises, government, and public sector customers, including many of the world’s leading financial services firms, life science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, research facilities, and web and cloud service providers.


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