Cray, University of Edinburgh Unveil Cray Supercomputer to Aid Nation's Researchers
SEATTLE, WA and EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM, Jan 14, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and Scotland's
University of Edinburgh today unveiled the new Cray XT4(TM)
supercomputer that will greatly assist the UK's researchers and
enable scientific advancements and breakthroughs in a range of fields
and disciplines. Established to provide next-generation high
performance computing (HPC) service for the United Kingdom's academic
community, today's unveiling of the Cray supercomputer officially
launches the first phase of the UK's High-End Computing Terascale
Resource (HECToR) project.
HECToR was initiated and funded by the UK's Research Councils led by
the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Cray
was selected for the multi-stage project that will provide
researchers at universities across the UK access to industry-leading
HPC resources. The latter phases will include the integration of new
innovative Cray technologies such as the new Cray X2(TM) system in
2008 and a very powerful next-generation Cray massively parallel
processor (MPP) supercomputer in 2009. The delivery of the Cray X2
system in 2008 will make HECToR the first recipient of a Cray XT5h(TM)
system -- the industry's first integrated hybrid supercomputer.
"The Research Councils' commitment to providing researchers with
industry leading computing resources will enable scientific and
engineering breakthroughs across many key disciplines among the UK's
research community," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray.
"We are pleased to play a key role in this important effort and are
working closely to help the HECToR team leverage our advanced
technologies to achieve their goals. It's a very exciting time."
The Cray XT4 system is an MPP system that provides unrivaled
sustained performance by balancing performance between powerful
processors, memory, interconnect, and I/O. Both hardware and
software are designed to scale to more than 120,000 processor cores
and over one petaflops of peak performance.
"The University of Edinburgh is an internationally renowned center
for academic excellence and the site of many world-class research
achievements," said Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal and Vice
Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. "HPC is increasingly
indispensable to any competitive research program and will allow
researchers across the United Kingdom to satisfy the most demanding
scientific goals and push the boundaries of their ambitions. The
strong partnership and efforts of Cray and the University of
Edinburgh, coupled with the vision of EPSRC, will ensure the success
Housed in the University's Advanced Computing Facility, the system
will support researchers in a wide range of fields including materials
simulation, computational chemistry, disaster simulation and
emergency response, biomolecular science and engineering modeling.
As part of HECToR, Cray has established a Cray Center of Excellence.
This Center of Excellence will provide in-depth support and direction
for both current and future Cray HPC platforms in the HECToR service
through advanced research in porting codes, improving scalability of
applications, developing algorithms and system software tools and
optimizing workload and I/O.
"This is the first Cray Center of Excellence in Europe and it is
another significant step forward in growing Cray's presence and
building an R&D base for Cray in Europe," said Dr. Ulla Thiel, vice
president of Cray Europe. "The Cray Center of Excellence in Edinburgh
will provide a unique infrastructure to foster a climate of
information exchange and collaboration within the HECToR community
and amongst the other Cray Centers of Excellence around the world.
We anticipate huge benefits to the nation's researchers and HPC users
everywhere from this collaboration."
About the University of Edinburgh
Established in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the UK's
most important and historic Higher Education institutions. World
renowned for its research and teaching, it is a member of the
prestigious Russell Group, an association of the UK's 20 major
research intensive universities. Student numbers currently stand at
over 23,000 and the University employs more than 7,000 staff. For
further information, visit: www.ed.ac.uk.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is the UK's
main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical
sciences. The EPSRC invests more than GBP 500 million a year in
research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the
next generation of technological change. The areas covered range
from information technology to structural engineering, and
mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for
future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's
health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC also actively promotes public
awareness of science and engineering. EPSRC works alongside other
Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research.
The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern
via Research Councils UK. For more information about the HECToR
project at EPSRC, go to
About the Cray XT4 Supercomputer
Building on the success of the Cray XT3(TM) system, the Cray XT4 is
an 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 to more than 120,000
processor cores with exceptional sustained performance. 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
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.
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computing systems, including potential delays in hardware and
software development projects; Cray's ability to scale the system to
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including delays in availability of qualified parts from suppliers;
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SOURCE: Cray Inc.