The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is gaining two new supercomputers to upgrade its computing abilities.

According to the lab’s announcement, the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory, home to the Department of Defense (DoD) Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC), will welcome the new supercomputers “in the mid-fiscal 2021 timeframe.” The bi-annual technology refresh is part of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

The ARL named the two computers Jean and Kay, as a tribute to Jean Jennings Bartik and Kathleen “Kay” McNulty Mauchly, who the ARL recognize as “key contributors and computing pioneers as part of the original team of programmers of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or ENIAC, the world’s first general purpose computer.”

“Jean and Kay will allow ARL to support many of DoD’s most significant modernization challenges to include digital engineering and other emerging workloads,” said ARL DSRC Director Matt Goss. “By adding specialized technology to augment traditional high performance computing with data analytics, these machines will serve as a spring board on which DoD scientists can make game changing discoveries.”

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