SEATTLE, WA, Jun 05, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) has taken a
significant step forward to petascale computing by upgrading its
current Cray XT3(TM) system to a Cray XT5(TM) supercomputer. The
recently completed 20-cabinet upgrade resulted in a system that is
the most powerful supercomputer in Switzerland and one of the largest
high performance computing (HPC) systems worldwide.
This is the latest in a series of upgrades for the Cray system at
CSCS since the Lugano, Switzerland-based research facility installed
Europe's first Cray XT3 supercomputer in 2005. CSCS is leveraging the
petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second) computing
architecture of the Cray XT5 supercomputer to provide the Swiss
scientific and industrial community with computing resources
necessary to stay competitive on an international level.
The Cray XT5 system features more than 14,000 AMD Opteron(TM) cores
for performance in excess of 140 teraflops and is accessed by CSCS
users working in fields as diverse as chemistry, physics, material
sciences, climatology, geology, biology, genetics, experimental
medicine, astronomy, mathematics and computer sciences. The Cray XT5
supercomputer at CSCS also features Cray's innovative ECOphlex(TM)
cooling technology designed to remove the heat generated by the
system's processors without using air handlers, thus saving a
significant amount of energy.
The current upgrade is part of a series of immediate steps taken in
Switzerland toward sustained petaflops scale computing in science and
engineering, and part of an initiative in HPC and Networking (HPCN)
that the Federal Council of Switzerland intends to implement. The
network of this initiative consists of substantial new investments in
application development teams for high-performance and
high-productivity computing (HP2C) at Swiss universities that will be
supported by CSCS and the new Institute for Computational Science at
the University of Lugano.
"We are very excited about the opportunities to push simulation-based
sciences to their limits with the concomitant development of the
center's hardware and the HP2C platform, and we are grateful to the
Swiss University Conference, the ETH Domain, and the Swiss economy
package 2009 for providing the financial resources to jumpstart the
HPCN initiative in a timely manner," says Thomas Schulthess, director
of CSCS and Professor for Computational Physics at ETH Zurich. Thomas
recently moved to ETH from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he
was involved in leadership computing projects -- a team he lead won
the 2009 Gordon Bell Prize for running the first real scientific
application that sustained more than a petaflops on a general purpose
supercomputer, a Cray XT5 system nicknamed "Jaguar."
"We are very excited to continue and expand our successful
relationship with CSCS, and to be a part of so many breakthrough
results in scientific research utilizing the computational power of
Cray supercomputers," said Ulla Thiel, vice president of Cray Europe.
"CSCS is once again taking the lead in moving to the forefront of
technology and further advancing Switzerland's prominent position in
the worldwide scientific research community. We are honored that Cray
can play such an important role in this effort."
Founded in 1991 CSCS, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre,
develops and promotes technical and scientific services for the Swiss
research community in the fields of high-performance and
high-throughput computing. CSCS pioneers new information
technologies; collaborates with domestic and foreign researchers, and
carries out its own research in scientific computing. CSCS is located
close to Lugano, Switzerland, and is an autonomous unit of the ETH
Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich). For more
information, visit: http://www.cscs.ch/.
About the Cray XT5 Supercomputer
As the world's most scalable Linux supercomputer, the Cray XT5 system
combines unprecedented sustained application performance with
exceptional manageability and reliability, and lower cost of ownership
for customers. Using powerful AMD Opteron processors, the Cray XT5
system supports both Cray XT4(TM) blades for optimized
compute-to-communications balance and Cray XT5 blades optimized for
memory-intensive and/or compute-biased workloads. Following the
established success of the Cray XT(TM) product line, the Cray XT5
system introduces ECOphlex technology, packaging and design features
that promote energy savings along two dimensions: by enabling greater
system density and by reducing the need for expensive air cooling and
air conditioners. The system's Cray Linux Environment(TM) enables
optimized performance across a broader range of applications.
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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SOURCE: Cray Inc.