Cray Expands Sonexion Storage Product Line

Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:01am EST

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  SEATTLE, WA, Nov 13 (Marketwire) -- 
Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY), the world's leading
experts in large-scale parallel storage systems for high performance
computing (HPC), today announced the latest addition to its line of
scale-out Lustre storage solutions with the launch of the Cray
Sonexion(R) 1600 system. The next generation of the Company's integrated
file system, the Cray Sonexion 1600 system is fast, compact, high quality
and built on open standards. 

    The Cray Sonexion 1600 storage system scales from terabytes to petabytes.
The storage system's modular architecture enables incremental performance
and capacity scalability, well-suited to a broad range of HPC
applications and workloads -- from technical computing to high-end HPC

    Cray's new storage system is a key part of the Blue Waters supercomputer
at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the
University of Illinois. The Sonexion 1600 storage system at NCSA consists
of more than 25 petabytes of usable storage in 36 cabinets with more than
17,000 disks, and delivers more than 1TB/sec of I/O bandwidth performance
to more than 25,000 compute nodes. The Cray Sonexion 1600 system is also
available and in production for non-Cray cluster-attached systems.

    "Storage has become essential to scientific computing, and what Cray has
done is design and build a storage system that is immense -- I don't know
of any other system with the requirements for scalability that is being
put together for such huge applications," said Bill Kramer, deputy
project director for the Blue Waters Project at NCSA. "With the Sonexion
1600 storage system and its Cray Lustre environment, Cray has built a
file system that is highly reliable, productive and very performant. NCSA
also has recently demonstrated over 1.1TB/sec of I/O bandwidth with this
file system for multiple real-world use cases, and we believe this to be
the fastest Lustre file system ever built."

    "Our Sonexion 1600 system exemplifies our focus and expertise in
deploying parallel storage solutions for HPC and technical computing all
the way from 100TBs to tens of petabytes," said Barry Bolding, Cray's
vice president of storage and data management. "We are pleased with our
storage accomplishments as part of the Blue Waters system, and we are
excited to introduce a new addition to our line of Sonexion products that
already have a proven track record from departmental to the highest
levels of supercomputing."

    Available now, the Sonexion 1600 system is a fully integrated, scale-out
Lustre storage system designed for a broad range of HPC workloads. The
system features a compact design for maximum density, and can reduce the
storage footprint by 50 percent for petascale systems. The Sonexion 1600
system features a significant upgrade in speed by being able to scale
large I/O and throughput from 5GB/sec up to a 1TB/sec in a single file
system. With 4TB drives, the Sonexion 1600 also features an increase in
Scalable Storage Unit (SSU) capacity with up to 240TB per SSU exceeding
1.4PBs per rack.

    A number of leading HPC Centers have already signed contracts to purchase
Sonexion 1600 systems, including the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
(CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland; the Department of Energy's National Energy
Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in Berkeley, California; and
the Pawsey Centre in Perth, Australia, which is owned by CSIRO and
operated by iVEC. The Cray Sonexion storage system delivered to NERSC is
capable of scaling to more than six petabytes of usable storage and more
than 140GB/sec of sustained aggregate I/O performance. 

    In addition to the Cray Sonexion 1600 storage solution, Cray will
continue to offer the Sonexion 1300 system, which was introduced in
November 2011. Complementing the Sonexion line of products is Cray's Data
Management Platform. Cray offers pre-validated architectures, best
practices, and solutions for Data Direct Networks and NetApp E-Series
storage systems. 

    Additional information on the Cray Sonexion 1600 system, including a
brochure and technical details, can be found on the Cray Sonexion storage
page on the Cray website.

    About Cray Inc.
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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
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