SEATTLE, WA and CUPERTINO, CA, Mar 05, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and ScaleMP, a
leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing,
today announced a strategic alliance to offer joint solutions based
on the Cray CX1(TM) deskside supercomputer and ScaleMP's vSMP
Foundation. Available immediately, the joint solution will target the
High Performance Computing (HPC) segment allowing customers to
operate a shared-memory, deskside supercomputer that scales up to 128
cores and 1TB of shared memory.
The Cray and ScaleMP strategic alliance is focused on enabling
supercomputing at the workstation level. The combined Cray CX1 system
and vSMP Foundation solution enables workgroups and small
organizations to deploy high performance computing capabilities that
harness the power of multiple processors while simplifying their
operational environment. This solution is versatile, able to run a
variety of Linux(R) workloads such as large memory, parallel
workloads and high core count shared memory applications, and
delivers excellent performance across many programming models ranging
from MPI, OpenMP and legacy code.
"Cray and ScaleMP are addressing important requirements for HPC by
offering a personal supercomputer workstation," said Earl Joseph, IDC
Program Vice President. "Many departmental and work group users of
HPC applications have been constrained by the lack of in-house skills
to move up to clusters from workstations. This solution will allow
these users to more easily scale up their simulations and models and
boost productivity and competitiveness without the added complexity."
"I am very excited about our collaboration with Cray," said Shai
Fultheim, founder and CEO of ScaleMP. "Cray is synonymous with
excellence in the high-end supercomputer segment. This announcement
enables HPC customers to get Cray performance at the deskside, in a
cost-effective, workstation-like simplicity. Cray customers will be
leveraging the capabilities of vSMP Foundation to achieve a flexible
compute resource capable of solving bigger problems -- accelerating
time to market and innovation."
"The ScaleMP vSMP Foundation virtualization software is an excellent
fit for the Cray CX1, which was designed specifically to harness HPC
for individuals and departmental workgroups," said Ian Miller, senior
vice president of the productivity solutions group and marketing at
Cray. "By creating a single shared memory virtual system, the joint
solution can now support large memory and large core count workloads
in addition to parallel workloads, while simplifying the installation
and management of the system."
vSMP Foundation aggregates multiple industry-standard, off-the-shelf
x86 servers (rack mounted or blade systems) into one single virtual
high-end system for the HPC market. vSMP Foundation provides customers
with an alternative to traditional expensive symmetrical
multiprocessor (SMP) systems and also offers simplified clustering
infrastructure with a single operating system. It currently allows
customers to create a single virtual SMP system with up to 32 sockets
(128 cores) and up to 4 TB of shared memory in an energy-efficient,
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.
Cray CX1 Supercomputer
The Cray CX1 product is an affordably-priced, deskside supercomputer.
Easy to configure, deploy, administer and use, it is the "right size"
in performance, functionality and cost for a wide range of users, from
the single user who wants a personal supercomputer to a department of
users as a shared clustered resource. Equipped with powerful Intel
Xeon(R) processors and Windows(R) HPC Server 2008 or Red Hat
Enterprise Linux with Clustercorp Rocks+, the Cray CX1 product offers
performance leadership across a broad range of applications and
standard benchmarks. For organizations wanting to harness HPC without
the complexity of traditional clusters, the Cray CX1 supercomputer
delivers the power of a high performance cluster with the ease-of-use
and seamless integration of a workstation.
ScaleMP is the leader in virtualization for high-end computing,
providing maximum performance and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
The innovative Versatile SMP(TM) (vSMP) architecture aggregates
multiple x86 systems into a single virtual x86 system, delivering an
industry-standard, high-end symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) computer.
Using software to replace custom hardware and components, ScaleMP
offers a new, revolutionary computing paradigm. The company is backed
by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TL Ventures, and ABS
Ventures. For more information, please call +1 (408) 342-0330 or
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SOURCE: Cray Inc.