SEATTLE, WA and BERGEN, NORWAY, Jun 18, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and the
University of Bergen today announced that the university will acquire
one of Europe's most powerful supercomputers.
The contract calls for a Cray XT4(TM) supercomputer system with peak
performance of 50 teraflops (trillion floating point operations per
second) to be installed later this year at the Bergen Center for
Computational Science (BCCS). The supercomputer will be used for
advanced research in fields including marine molecular biology, large
scale simulation of ocean processes, climate research, computational
chemistry, computational physics, computational biology, the
geosciences, and applied mathematics.
"The new Cray supercomputer will increase the computational power
available to our broad community of Norwegian and international users
by a factor of 100 and will enable them to run much larger and more
complex problems," said Professor Petter E. Bjorstad, director of the
Bergen Center for Computational Science. "The University of Bergen
has strategic research initiatives within marine sciences, climate
and life sciences that will benefit enormously from this decision."
Through the BCCS, the Cray XT4 supercomputer will serve the high-end
computational needs of scientists at the University of Bergen, other
Norwegian universities as well as national research and industrial
organizations. The new supercomputer will also be used for research
and development by international organizations, European research
groups and research projects, and cooperating scientists from
"We are honored that the University of Bergen chose Cray as their
partner to provide very high-end computing capability to support the
university's extended research community," said Peter Ungaro, Cray's
president and CEO. "This decision strengthens our international
presence and fortifies the Cray XT4 supercomputer's leadership in
meeting the demanding needs of leading-edge scientific researchers
for unrivaled performance and scalability."
"The University of Bergen award is another major victory that
increases Cray's presence in Europe," said Ulla Thiel, Cray Vice
President Europe. "We are very excited about this win and look
forward to a close collaboration with the University of Bergen to
make this supercomputer installation a joint success of BCCS and
The project is funded by the University of Bergen in partnership with
the Norwegian Research Council through the NOTUR project, the
Institute for Marine Research, and UNIFOB AS.
The Bergen Center for Computational Science (BCCS) is a department of
UNIFOB AS, affiliated with the University of Bergen. BCCS initiates
and administrates externally financed research projects with special
emphasis on Computational Science. BCCS conducts research in
computational biology, computational mathematics and scientific
computing. A main objective of BCCS is to exploit the synergies
between its groups and boost cross-disciplinary activity. For more
information, go to http://www.bccs.uib.no/
About the University of Bergen
The University of Bergen (UiB) is Norway's urban university who is
intricately woven into the geographical, historical and cultural
framework of the city, with 16,000 students and 3,000 faculty and
staff. UiB has most of its premises concentrated in two areas.
Arstadvollen is the University's "health campus", where dentistry,
medicine and health-care lie close to the Haukeland and Haraldsplass
university clinics. Natural and social sciences, psychology, the arts
and law are taught at Nygardshoyden, a mixture of houses, shops and
seats of learning. For more information, go to
About the Cray XT4 Supercomputer
Building on the success of the Cray XT3(TM) system, the Cray XT4 is a
massively parallel processor (MPP) supercomputer purpose-built to
deliver exceptional sustained application performance for challenging
scientific and engineering problems. The supercomputer's high-speed 3D
torus interconnect, advanced MPP operating system and high-speed
global input/output make it possible for users to scale applications
from 200 to more than 30,000 processors without performance loss. The
system's scalable processing element uses x86 64-bit AMD Opteron(TM)
processors that employ HyperTransport(TM) technology to increase
bandwidth and reduce latency. Go to
www.cray.com/products/xt4/index.html for more information.
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 enables 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 will result in 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.
Safe Harbor Statement
There are certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to
differ materially from those anticipated by the statements above.
Among these are reliance on third-party suppliers, including delays
in availability of qualified parts from suppliers; successful passing
of acceptance tests; the technical challenges and risks inherent in
developing high-performance computing systems, including potential
delays in development projects; Cray's ability to scale the system to
the targeted level of performance; timing of and successful porting
of application programs to new computing systems; and timing and
level of government support for supercomputer purchases and research
and development activities. For a discussion of these and other
risks, see "Risk Factors" in Cray's most recent Quarterly Report on
Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.
Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XT4 and Cray XT3 are
trademarks, of Cray Inc. AMD, AMD Opteron and combinations thereof
are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.
University of Bergen:
Petter E. Bjørstad
+47 55 58 4171
SOURCE: Cray Inc.