Business Continues to Grow for the Cray XT5m System and the Recently Announced Cray XT6m SystemSEATTLE, WA, Feb 09, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- As momentum builds for its line of midrange supercomputing systems,
global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that new customers in Japan, Europe and the United States have
purchased midrange supercomputing systems from Cray. With the same
scalable design and petascale architecture included in the world's
fastest supercomputer, but configured and offered at lower price
points, the Cray XT5m and Cray XT6m systems are generating new
business wins for Cray in the university, weather, life sciences, and
government research and development communities.
"The Cray XT5m and Cray XT6m systems are industry leaders in terms of
compute density and energy efficiency for x86 systems, and our
customers -- both new and existing -- are finding that price and
performance efficiency are compelling fits for their needs," said
Barry Bolding, Cray's vice president of scalable systems.
The Institute of Statistical Mathematics is the first Japanese
customer for the Cray XT6m system, which was announced in November
2009 and is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010.
The Tokyo-based research organization will leverage the Cray XT6m
system's high-density compute power to perform statistical data
analysis, statistical modeling, mathematical analysis and statistical
In Europe, the University of Duisburg-Essen is the first Cray XT6m
customer in Germany. The University's researchers and scientists will
use the scalable and upgradeable supercomputing system to support its
scientific work in chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering.
Research will include the development of parallel algorithms,
large-scale computations of electronic structure and molecular
dynamics of nano materials, as well as structural mechanics and
"This is the first supercomputing purchase for the researchers and
scientists who work on our campus, and we are very excited to now
have a system with such impressive abilities," said Prof. Dr. Eckhart
Spohr from the University of Duisburg-Essen. "The simulations that
will be performed on our new Cray supercomputer will contribute
significantly to the atomistic understanding of structure and
reactivity in the nano sciences, energy technology and material
sciences, as well as to insight into structural and biomechanical
Sales of the Cray XT5m system remain strong, with recent wins at
multiple weather and climate datacenters, such as the Finnish
Meteorological Institute, and at a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company
based in the U.S.
"What truly excites us about these midrange systems is that we now
have the ability to provide our production petascale technologies to
new market segments that we have not reached before," said Bolding.
"Researchers can now take their science to new levels with a line of
proven supercomputers that are the most reliable and upgradeable HPC
systems available. With our recent wins across new markets, we are
now providing supercomputing resources to a broader base of
researchers, scientists and engineers tasked with improving the world
Introduced in March 2009, the Cray XT5m system builds on the success
of the multi-petaflop Cray XT5 supercomputer, whose installations
include "Jaguar," which is the world's fastest supercomputer and is
located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Cray XT5m
supercomputer, the midrange variant of the Cray XT5, is a massively
parallel processing system that delivers performance, efficiency,
reliability and manageability unrivaled in its price range with
capabilities that previously were only available to the world's
largest research facilities.
The Cray XT6m is the company's second generation of its midrange
supercomputer designed to effectively scale down Cray's high-end
systems while providing the same benefits to an expanded base of
users. Upgradeable from a Cray XT5m, the Cray XT6m includes compute
blades that feature four compute nodes designed for high scalability
in a small footprint and can be configured with up to 96 dual-socket
nodes per cabinet. Each compute node is composed of two AMD
Opteron(TM) 6100 Series processors (the eight and 12-core "Maranello"
platform), each coupled with its own memory and dedicated Cray
Seastar2+ interconnect. The compute nodes in the Cray XT6m systems
can also be configured with 32 GB or 64 GB DDR3 memory.
Both of Cray's midrange systems, with prices starting at $500,000,
feature the option of using the company's industry-leading ECOphlex
liquid cooling technology, designed to reduce the customer's energy
usage and lower the total cost of ownership.
About the Cray XT Supercomputer Series
As the world's most scalable Linux supercomputer, the Cray XT 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
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 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 is designed to enable
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 is focused on delivering 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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