SEATTLE, WA, Jun 23, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan has put
a Cray XT4(TM) supercomputer and a Cray CX1(TM) deskside
supercomputer into production. The order for these two Cray systems
from this commercial customer was not previously announced. RTRI is
currently using both of its Cray supercomputers to accelerate
large-scale simulations that push the boundaries of innovation in
Based in Tokyo, RTRI places great importance on the application of
supercomputer-based simulation technology in its R&D efforts. With
the goal of driving computing simulations in parallel environments,
RTRI is now tapping into the technical expertise offered by Cray to
set up a large-scale, efficient computing environment.
"We conducted a series of reviews aimed at selecting a system that
would allow us to continue to use the application assets that we have
been using to date, and these reviews confirmed that the Cray XT4
delivers superior performance," said Norimichi Kumagai, RTRI's
executive director responsible for the information management
division. "We intend to make the Cray XT4 our main system so we can
effectively promote advanced simulations for railway R&D. We wish to
make the best use of the system to conduct daily R&D activities by
capitalizing on Cray's support."
The Cray products now operating at RTRI are a three-cabinet Cray XT4
supercomputer that serves as the institute's main system and a Cray
CX1 deskside supercomputer that functions as the application server.
This system delivers a combined peak performance of 10.8 teraflops
(trillions of calculations per second), which is 16 times faster than
the institute's previous system. The panels on the Cray XT4 feature a
custom illustration evoking the promising future of railway
technology. The illustration is rendered in purple, the color of
RTRI's company logo.
"We are excited to see commercial customers such as RTRI leveraging
the computational power of Cray XT systems in addition to our
customers in the government and academic sectors," said Mamoru
Nakano, president of Cray Japan. "Cray plans to actively assist RTRI
in the area of programming to facilitate their computing simulations.
In this way, we are sure they will be able to steadily promote
program sharing, and as a result RTRI will further realize much
faster and more precise simulations."
About the Cray XT(TM) Supercomputer Series
As the world's most scalable Linux supercomputer, the Cray XT(TM)
product line combines unprecedented sustained application performance
with exceptional manageability and reliability, and lower cost of
ownership for customers. Using powerful AMD Opteron(TM) processors,
the Cray XT line is optimized for memory-intensive and/or
compute-biased workloads. The successful Cray XT product line
features ECOphlex(TM) 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. Additionally, the Cray Linux Environment(TM)
enables optimized performance across a broader range of applications.
About the 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+ or Platform OCS, 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.
The RTRI is a unique and comprehensive railway research organization
conducting various kinds of innovative research projects from
fundamental to practical application stages in the wide range of the
fields of rolling stock engineering, civil engineering, electrical
engineering, information technology, materials sciences,
environmental engineering and human sciences. The institute was
established on December 10, 1986 to take over the R&D activities of
the Japanese National Railways (JNR) just before the privatization
and division of the JNR. The RTRI started its R&D activities with the
inauguration of Japan Railway Companies (JR) on April 1, 1987 as one
of the inheriting organizations of the JNR.
About Cray Inc.
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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
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