SEATTLE, WA and EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, May 09, 2011 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced it will upgrade and expand the Cray XE6 supercomputer located at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Cray has signed a contract with the University of Edinburgh HPCX Ltd. (UoE HPCX Ltd.) and the upgrade and expansion will provide high performance computing (HPC) services for users of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which is the managing agent for the High-End Computing Terascale Resource (HECToR) project.
HECToR is the UK's national supercomputing service, and its users will soon be able to apply the resources of an 827-teraflops supercomputing system towards studying complex problems with global impacts. Cray will add 10 cabinets to the existing 20-cabinet Cray XE6 system and will also upgrade all of the supercomputer's processors to the new AMD Opteron(TM) 6200 Series processor (code-named "Interlagos"). The expansion and upgrade is expected to be completed later this year.
"We are very pleased that UoE HPCX Ltd. has made the decision to upgrade its Cray XE6 supercomputer, which will provide HECToR users with the ability to address more complex scientific challenges that are not feasible with a standard commodity cluster," said Dr. Ulla Thiel, Cray vice president, Europe. "Upgrading the HECToR system will also provide important continuity, allowing researchers to maintain their focus on pushing the frontiers of science. HECToR is at the forefront of HPC in Europe and we are honored to be supporting its efforts."
The HECToR project is one of the largest and most ambitious HPC initiatives in Europe, serving a broad community of academic and industry users across the UK and Europe. The project provisions high-end computing resources for use in a wide range of disciplines. The University of Edinburgh has a long association with Cray and has been home to various Cray supercomputing systems such as the Cray T3D, Cray T3E, Cray X2 and Cray XT4 supercomputers. The University is also working closely with Cray on its Exascale Research Initiative in Europe, which was announced in December 2009.
"The contracted upgrade of HECToR will provide UK scientists with the world's most advanced HPC technologies, which supports our efforts in establishing world-class facilities for research and innovation in the UK," said Professor Arthur Trew, Director of UoE HPCX Ltd. "The HECToR project continues to assemble the computational resources necessary for breakthrough research in a broad range of disciplines. Cray plays an important role in our initiatives and is ensuring our researchers have the supercomputing resources they need."
The Cray XE6 supercomputer combines Cray's current Gemini system interconnect with powerful AMD Opteron(TM) processors and is designed to bring production petascale computing to a new and expanded base of HPC users. Fully upgradeable from the Cray XT5 and Cray XT6 line of supercomputers, the Cray XE6 system delivers improved interconnect performance and features additional enhancements such as improved network resiliency, a mature and scalable software environment and the ability to run a broad array of ISV applications with the latest version of the Cray Linux Environment. This collection of industry-leading features provides Cray XE6 users with a supercomputing system that combines true scalable performance with production reliability.
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.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC is investing GBP 650 million this year in research and postgraduate training to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC also actively promotes public awareness of science and engineering. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK. Go to www.epsrc.ac.uk/ for more information.
About UoE HPCX Ltd.
UoE HPCX Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Edinburgh. With the signing of the HECToR agreement it holds the contracts to provide both the UK's national supercomputer services for academia. Its success is based on that of Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) -- a computational science research and technology transfer institute within the University. Founded in 1990, EPCC's mission is to accelerate the effective exploitation of novel computing solutions throughout academia, industry and commerce. Today, EPCC is the leading computational science technology transfer centre in Europe. Go to www.epcc.ed.ac.uk for more information.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including, but not limited to, statements related to Cray's ability to deliver an upgrade and expansion for HECToR when required and that meets HECToR's needs. These statements involve current expectations, forecasts of future events and other statements that are not historical facts. Inaccurate assumptions and known and unknown risks and uncertainties can affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements and cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual future events or results include, but are not limited to, the risk that the upgrade and expansion required by HECToR is not delivered in a timely fashion or does not perform as expected, the risk that the AMD Interlagos processor is not available when expected and such other risks as identified in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 and from time to time in other reports filed by Cray with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this release. Cray undertakes no duty to publicly announce or report revisions to these statements as new information becomes available that may change the Company's expectations.
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