Newly Launched Cray XT5(TM) System to Enhance DMI's Weather Forecasting and Climate Change Modeling CapabilitiesSEATTLE, WA and COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, Dec 04, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
the selection of a Cray XT5(TM) system by the Danish Meteorological
Institute (DMI). The highly scalable Cray XT5 system will be
installed at DMI in the second half of 2008.
"Our goal for the new high-performance computing system is to enhance
our ability to produce highly reliable numerical weather forecasts and
develop and run numerical models of the ocean and atmosphere for
climate assessment," said Peter Aakjaer, director general of DMI.
"The extreme scalability and unprecedented sustained performance of
the Cray XT5 supercomputer will allow us to run an operational
weather forecast with more than 10 times the calculations and I/O
throughput than we can with our current system. This will enable us
to better safeguard human life and property, and provide a foundation
for economic and environmental planning throughout the vast
geographical area of Denmark, the Faroes and Greenland, which is a
significant part of the North Atlantic and Arctic region."
Cray announced its next generation of supercomputers -- the Cray XT5
family -- on November 6, 2007. Incorporating all the benefits of the
successful Cray XT(TM) line, the Cray XT5 massively parallel processor
(MPP) system includes a new compute blade that quadruples local
memory capacity, doubles processor density and improves energy
efficiency for a significant reduction in total cost of ownership for
"We are very excited that DMI selected the Cray XT5 system for its
operational weather forecasts and climate studies," said Peter
Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "DMI's challenging computing
requirements are the perfect match for the unprecedented sustained
application performance, reliability, exceptional manageability and
lower cost of ownership the Cray XT5 system offers customers. We are
proud that DMI will use the world's most scalable Linux-based
supercomputer to meet their goals and continue to provide
internationally acclaimed meteorological services."
The DMI contract, including future services and maintenance, is
valued at approximately EUR 6 million.
The Danish Meteorological Institute is one of the major organizations
within the newly established Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy.
Serving the needs of society, including Danish Defence and civil
aviation, the core activities of DMI are weather and ocean
forecasting and climate change assessment. The basis for DMI's
central production is advanced numerical modeling which requires
still more powerful computer systems in order to utilize the latest
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