Cray Unveils the Cray XC30 Supercomputer -- the Next Generation of Its High-End Supercomputing Systems

Thu Nov 8, 2012 3:01am EST

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  SEATTLE, WA, Nov 08 (Marketwire) -- 
Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the
launch of the Company's next generation high-end supercomputing systems
-- the Cray XC30 supercomputer. Previously code-named "Cascade," the Cray
XC30 supercomputer is the Company's most-advanced high performance
computing system ever built.

    The Cray XC30 combines the new Aries interconnect, Intel(R) Xeon(R)
processors, Cray's powerful and fully-integrated software environment,
and innovative power and cooling technologies to create a production
supercomputer that is designed to scale high performance computing (HPC)
workloads of more than 100 petaflops.

    "After several years of incredibly hard work focused on completing the
most ambitious R&D program in our company's history, today's unveiling of
the Cray XC30 supercomputer is an exciting moment for Cray employees and
our customers who have been eagerly anticipating what is an amazing new
system," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "As a follow on to
our most successful, productive line of supercomputers, the Cray XC30 is
the realization of our Adaptive Supercomputing vision and will provide
researchers, scientists and engineers with a system that can adapt to fit
their most demanding applications. We're off to a great start with more
than $100 million in contracts for this system, and we believe the Cray
XC30 series of supercomputers will allow a broader base of users to
leverage the world's most advanced supercomputing technology."

    Several leading HPC centers have signed contracts to purchase Cray XC30
supercomputers, including:


--  The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland
--  The Pawsey Centre in Perth, Australia, owned by CSIRO and operated by
    iVEC
--  The Finnish IT Center for Science Ltd. (CSC)
--  The Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific
    Computing Center (NERSC) in Berkeley, Calif.
--  The Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS) at Kyoto
    University in Kyoto, Japan
--  The University of Stuttgart's High Performance Computing Center
    Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany

    

The first customer to sign a Cray XC30 contract was HLRS in
Stuttgart back in 2010. "The Cray XC30 system will be a valuable
supercomputing resource for our researchers and scientists, as well as
for our industrial partners in the automotive and aerospace industries,"
said Prof. Dr. Michael Resch, director of HLRS. "We have worked closely
with Cray over the years to ensure our users are equipped with innovative
supercomputing systems that are built with leading-edge supercomputing
technology, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the
Cray XC30."

    The first in a family of products that will span from technical
enterprise computing to the largest systems in the world, the Cray XC30
supercomputer has been engineered to meet the real-world performance
challenges of HPC users. Cray's new high-end system features the new
HPC-optimized Aries system interconnect; a new Dragonfly topology that
frees applications from locality constraints; an innovative cooling
system that utilizes a transverse airflow to lower customers' total cost
of ownership; the next-generation of the scalable, high performance Cray
Linux Environment that also supports a wide range of ISV applications;
Cray's HPC optimized programming environment; and the ability to handle a
wide variety of processor types including the Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors
-- a first for Cray's high-end systems.

    "Today's launch of the new Cray XC30 supercomputer is an exciting moment
for Cray, Intel and more importantly, the vast HPC user community, which
will be able to take advantage of the computational resources of Cray
supercomputers powered by Intel(R) Xeon(R) E5 processors and Intel(R)
Xeon Phi(TM) coprocessors and supported by Intel's investments in
fabric," said Raj Hazra, Intel VP and general manager of Technical
Computing Group. "The Cray XC30 system is specifically designed to
deliver sustained performance and scalability, providing researchers and
scientists with a powerful, reliable and productive tool for achieving
breakthrough innovations and discoveries."

    The Cray XC30 will utilize the Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors E5-2600
product family and with these Intel processors, Cray XC30 systems can
scale in excess of one million cores. Additionally, future versions of
the Cray XC family of supercomputers will be available with the new
Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM) coprocessors and NVIDIA(R) Tesla(R) GPUs based on
the next-generation NVIDIA Kepler(TM) GPU computing architecture. With
these accelerator and coprocessor options, Cray customers will be able to
customize a Cray XC supercomputer with the innovative processor
technologies that best meets the HPC needs of their scientific
applications.

    Early shipments of the Cray XC30 are starting now, and systems are
expected to be widely available in first quarter of 2013.

    "Cray is a leader in the high-end of the supercomputing industry, and the
Cray XC30 system promises to continue the Company's strong standing in
the market for designing, building and installing leadership-class
supercomputers, such as the 'Titan' system at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory and the 'Blue Waters' supercomputer at the University of
Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications," said Earl
Joseph, IDC program vice president for HPC. "The Cray XC30 supercomputer
also advances Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision, which aims to boost
application performance for their customers by exploiting hybrid
processing."

    The Cray XC30 supercomputer is made possible in part by Cray's
participation in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA)
High Productivity Computing Systems program.

    Additional information on the Cray XC30 supercomputer, including product
collateral, technical details and a Cray XC30 networking whitepaper can
be found on Cray XC30 system page on the Cray website. 

    About Cray Inc.
 As a global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides
highly advanced supercomputers and world-class services and support to
government, industry and academia. Cray technology is designed to enable
scientists and engineers to achieve remarkable breakthroughs by
accelerating performance, improving efficiency and extending the
capabilities of their most demanding applications. Cray's Adaptive
Supercomputing vision is focused on delivering innovative next-generation
products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified
architecture, allowing customers to surpass today's limitations and
meeting the market's continued demand for realized performance. Go to
www.cray.com for more information.

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