SEATTLE, WA, Aug 03, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that the company has received a contract from the Department of
Energy to upgrade the Cray XT5(TM) "Jaguar" supercomputer housed at
the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The upgrade to Six-Core AMD
Opteron(TM) processors, code-named "Istanbul," will increase Jaguar's
peak performance to more than two petaflops (quadrillion mathematical
calculations per second) of compute power, solidifying its position
as the world's most powerful supercomputer.
The contract to upgrade the Jaguar system will increase the number of
the Cray XT5 supercomputer's processing cores to more than 224,000.
The upgrade is expected to be installed and accepted by the end of
"What makes this upgrade to Jaguar truly exciting for us is the
realization that the scientists and engineers using Jaguar will now
have a faster and more powerful tool on their hands for achieving
important scientific breakthroughs," said Peter Ungaro, president and
CEO of Cray. "The Cray XT5 system at Oak Ridge remains the first and
only supercomputer in the world to run real-world, scientific
applications at over a sustained petaflops, and we are very proud of
this groundbreaking achievement. When the upgrade is complete, this
performance level will increase and the scientific community will
benefit -- that is what matters most to us."
At the end of 2008, Jaguar was upgraded to a peak performance of 1.64
petaflops and set a historic milestone in surpassing the sustained
petaflops speed barrier on two scientific applications. Sustained
performance is a critical measure in supercomputing and allows
scientists and engineers to dramatically increase the size, realism
and complexity of simulations used to address fundamental scientific
problems. For example, climate scientists are using Jaguar to create
climate models of unprecedented resolution and fidelity, giving us a
better understanding of future climate and our impact on that
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.