Germany's Meteorological Service DWD Awards $23 Million Contract to Cray

Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:00am EST

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  SEATTLE, WA and OFFENBACH, GERMANY, Jan 15
(Marketwire) -- 
Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced it
has been awarded a $23 million dollar contract to provide two Cray XC30
supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion 1600 storage systems to Germany's
National Meteorological Service -- the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD).
Located in Offenbach, Germany, DWD is one of the world's premier
numerical weather prediction centers.

    Researchers and scientists at DWD will be able to apply the petascale
computing resources of the two Cray XC30 supercomputers -- one of which
will be used for production and the other for research and backup --
towards its mission of meeting the meteorological requirements arising
from all areas of economy and society in Germany. The new Cray
supercomputers will enable DWD to produce higher resolution and more
accurate global and regional weather forecasts to help fulfill the
organization's wide array of weather responsibilities, such as the
meteorological safeguarding of aviation and shipping, and the issuance of
official warnings of weather occurrences that could become a danger for
public safety.

    "At our national meteorological service, we are responsible for providing
services for the protection of life and property in the form of weather
and climate information," said Prof. Dr. Gerhard Adrian, President of
DWD. "This is the core task of the DWD, and thus it is imperative that we
equip our researchers and scientists with scalable, productive, and above
all, highly reliable supercomputing systems. The Cray XC30 supercomputers
will be valuable resources for us, and we are pleased to be working with
Cray."

    "DWD is one of the world's most prestigious numerical weather prediction
centers, and we're honored to provide them with the supercomputing
technologies necessary for delivering such an extensive range of
important services," said Dr. Ulla Thiel, Cray vice president, Europe.
"We are looking forward to building a strong collaboration and close
partnership with DWD. This contract is yet another example of how we
continue to expand our presence in the meteorological community in Europe
and across the globe."

    Previously code-named "Cascade," the Cray XC30 supercomputer is Cray's
most advanced high performance computing (HPC) system and is engineered
to meet the performance challenges of HPC users. The Cray XC30
supercomputer features the new Aries system interconnect; a new Dragonfly
network 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.

    The two Cray Sonexion 1600 storage systems that will be deployed at DWD
will have a combined capacity of more than 3 petabytes of storage and 72
gigabytes per-second of combined bandwidth. Cray's Sonexion Lustre System
for HPC provides an embedded, compact design that can reduce the overall
storage footprint by up to 50 percent over component-based solutions.
Sonexion ensures consistency and predictability when scaling Lustre, and
offers precision performance, optimal scalability, and an open solution
for HPC and Big Data in a compact form factor.

    Consisting of products and services, the multi-year, multi-phase contract
is valued at more than $23 million, and the systems are expected to be
delivered and put into production in 2013 and 2014. 

    About Cray Inc.
 Global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY)
provides innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists and
engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing and
future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging 40 years of
experience in developing and servicing the world's most advanced
supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of high performance
computing (HPC) systems, storage, and Big Data solutions delivering
unrivaled performance, efficiency and scalability. 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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