National Science Foundation's Supercomputing Initiative Facilitates Delivery and Operation of Powerful Next-Generation Cray MPP System
SEATTLE, WA, Apr 03, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
it will provide the University of Tennessee with a next-generation
massively parallel processor (MPP) supercomputer to advance science
in a number of areas including global climate change research,
natural disaster modeling and understanding the complexities of the
human brain. At just under one petaflops (1,000 trillion floating
point operations per second) of peak performance, the system will be
one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, with unmatched
The University of Tennessee was selected as the Track 2 award
recipient of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) High Performance
Computing (HPC) computing initiative to enable petascale science and
engineering through world-class supercomputing. As part of the
multi-phase Track 2 award, Cray will provide the University of
Tennessee with a highly scalable Cray XT4(TM) supercomputer that
incorporates new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors this year and
then upgrade the system to near-petaflops compute capability in 2009.
Designed for sustained application performance, scalability, and
reliability, the system will be housed at the University of
Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for
"It is critical that the academic community have access to
industry-leading computing resources, allowing researchers to address
the most computationally-challenging problems in science," said
Thomas Zacharia, both University of Tennessee vice president for
science and technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory associate
director for computing and computational sciences. "This award by the
NSF will provide our researchers with the computational power,
scalability and upgradeability required to advance science in a broad
range of key disciplines."
The new system will be used to advance science in a number of
- providing a boost to climate scientists in their efforts to predict
extreme weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes as well as long-term
climate changes and the effects of pollution,
- permitting astrophysicists to conduct more realistic simulations of
supernova formation, galaxy evolution, and black hole mergers, and
- enabling earth scientists to perform high-resolution simulations of
the Earth's interior and enhance our understanding of the planet's
"The University of Tennessee is a rapidly growing research
institution and we value this opportunity to partner with them to
support their commitment to breakthrough science," said Peter Ungaro,
president and CEO of Cray. "This system will enable researchers to
work on the biggest, most complex science and engineering
applications, solving larger problems faster and running more accurate
simulations. We want to thank the NSF for recognizing the importance
of HPC in achieving the scientific breakthroughs that advance society
and impact our everyday lives."
About the Cray XT4 Supercomputer
Building on the success of the Cray XT3(TM) system, the Cray XT4
system 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
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
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
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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 potential
delays in the results of their development activities and in the
availability of qualified parts from suppliers and their
competitiveness with other suppliers; the technical challenges and
risks inherent in developing high-performance computing systems,
including potential delays in software and hardware development
projects; Cray's ability to scale the system to targeted levels of
performance; timing of and successful porting of application programs
to new computing systems; and successful passing of acceptance tests.
For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Risk Factors" in
Cray's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.
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SOURCE: Cray Inc.