SEATTLE, WA, Apr 07, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that after an eight-year hiatus, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has become a Cray customer once again with an order for a Cray XT5m supercomputing system. NCAR purchased the world's first production Cray-1A supercomputer in 1976, and continued to perform scientific research on various Cray supercomputing systems for more than 25 years.
NCAR's new Cray XT5m midrange supercomputer, nicknamed "Lynx," will be installed in NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) in Boulder, Colorado later this month. "Lynx" will be used primarily as a development and test platform for CISL and NCAR users who also have access to larger Cray XT supercomputers located at other institutions, including the petascale "Jaguar" and "Kraken" Cray XT5 systems housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the "Franklin" Cray XT4 system at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.
"We're pleased to renew our relationship with Cray," said CISL Director Al Kellie. "The Cray XT5m supercomputer will enable our users to test Cray-specific technologies and will provide a local platform that is fully compatible with the very large Cray systems accessed by our users at other sites."
"NCAR has long been a world leader in the atmospheric sciences and in leveraging supercomputers to advance scientific capabilities in this field," said Per Nyberg, Cray's director of marketing for the Earth Sciences segment. "Cray supercomputers are found in some of the most prestigious weather and climate research centers around the world and we are proud to have NCAR as a Cray customer once again."
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. The Cray XT5m supercomputer, the midrange variant of the Cray XT5, is a massively parallel processing system that is designed to deliver performance, efficiency, reliability, manageability and capabilities that previously were only available to the world's largest research facilities.
About The National Center for Atmospheric Research
NCAR is a world-renowned center for weather and climate research. NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a non-profit consortium of over 100 North American university members and affiliates. NCAR's primary sponsor is the National Science Foundation. Its programs advance society's knowledge of atmospheric and Earth system science, how these systems work, and how they change over time. Through this research, NCAR can help to sustain Earth's habitability, improve environmental quality, safeguard human health, reduce the impacts of natural disasters, and increase economic productivity.
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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