SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 2004--Global supercomputer
leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) announced today that the company is
targeting computer-aided engineering (CAE) as a primary market for its
new Cray XD1(TM) Opteron/Linux-based supercomputer. The Cray XD1
product is "purpose-built" for high performance computing (HPC)
applications, including CAE problems, and features breakthrough
innovations in interconnect technology, high availability and ease of
management. Cray is working with leading Independent Software Vendors
(ISVs) to exploit the Cray XD1 system's advantages on widely used CAE
applications. With U.S. list pricing starting at under $100,000, the
Cray XD1 system promises to substantially outperform conventional
Linux clusters in the same price range.
"The Cray XD1 stands out from the competition because it combines
a very high-speed interconnect, high-scalability and high-availability
features, and unique possibilities for additional application
acceleration," said Rich Partridge, enterprise systems analyst at D.H.
Brown Associates. "It's no surprise that major ISVs are rapidly
aligning themselves with Cray to exploit this innovative system for
The Cray XD1 supercomputer is specifically designed to enable CAE
users and their employers to bring higher-quality products to market
faster and at lower overall cost than Linux clusters and other
alternatives in the Cray XD1 system's price range. The new product
makes true supercomputer performance available for the first time at
mainstream pricing and in a familiar environment -- the Cray XD1
supercomputer runs all x86 Linux applications using the MPI
"Cray will focus initially on the automotive, aerospace and marine
segments within the CAE market," said Himanshu Misra, CAE business
manager at Cray. "We have a long and proud history in these markets,
more than any other HPC vendor, having sold the first supercomputer
into the automotive industry in 1979. And Cray pioneered the use of
HPC with CAE customers, such as Ford, Boeing, the Army High
Performance Computing Center and others."
Cray is currently working with more than a dozen ISVs on CAE codes
for the XD1, including Abaqus, Inc., ACUSIM Software, Inc., CD Adapco,
ESI Group, Fluent, Livermore Software Technology Corporation, Mecalog
SARL, and Software CRADLE, plus a co-development effort with Oceanic
specifically for the Marine industry. Misra added that additional ISV
agreements are expected in the coming months.
About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer
With U.S. list prices starting under $100,000, the Cray XD1
supercomputer combines AMD's Opteron(TM) processors and
HyperTransport(TM) technology with an advanced Cray interconnect to
provide industry leading performance and value. Designed for superior
sustained application performance, the Cray XD1 system uses the direct
connected processor architecture to directly link processors to each
other and memory, eliminating interconnect bottlenecks and providing
30 times greater bandwidth and 30 times lower latency than typical
cluster systems available today.
HPC users can also take advantage of the Cray XD1 system's
sophisticated management, self-monitoring and self-healing features to
simplify system administration and ensure high availability. Other
Cray XD1 innovations include applications acceleration capability
based on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) linked directly to
processors over the Cray XD1 interconnect.
About Cray Inc.
The world's leading supercomputer company, Cray Inc. pioneered
high-performance computing with the introduction of the Cray-1 in
1976. The only company dedicated to meeting the specific needs of HPC
users, Cray designs and manufactures supercomputers used by
government, industry and academia worldwide for applications ranging
from scientific research to product design, testing to manufacturing.
Cray's diverse product portfolio delivers superior performance,
scalability and reliability to the entire HPC market, from the
high-end capability user to the department workgroup. For more
information, go to www.cray.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are
certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ
materially from those anticipated by the statements above. These
include the successful porting of application programs to Cray systems
and general economic and market conditions. For a discussion of these
and other risks, see "Factors That Could Affect Future Results" in
Cray's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.
Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XD1 is a trademark, of
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