SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 2004--Global supercomputer
leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today announced the general
availability of the new Cray XD1(TM) supercomputer, an
Opteron/Linux-based system priced from under $100,000 to about $2
million (U.S. list) that handily outperforms similarly priced Linux
clusters. The company also announced the United States Department of
Agriculture Forest Service is a Cray XD1 customer, which adds to an
impressive list of early users, including the Ohio Supercomputer
Center, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Germany's
Helmut Schmidt University and the SAHA Institute of Nuclear Physics
"Tracking the evolving chemical composition of a smoke plume
produces a task so computationally intense that we assumed we would
not be able to afford any computer capable of performing it," said
Bryce Nordgren, Physical Scientist with the Forest Service's Fire
Science Lab. "Reviewing the test case results from Cray restored our
hope that we would be able to perform a scientifically meaningful
simulation on our budget. We were particularly impressed with the Cray
XD1's awesome scalability on this challenging interdisciplinary
The Cray XD1 supercomputer is ideal for the special needs of
high-performance computing (HPC) applications used by government and
academia, as well as computer-aided engineering (CAE) in the
aerospace, automotive and marine industries; weather forecasting and
climate modeling; petroleum exploration; financial modeling; and life
"We evaluated many proposals from leading IT companies and decided
on Cray because of the Cray XD1 system's excellent
price-to-performance ratio," said Professor Hendrik Rothe, chair of
Helmut Schmidt University's Laboratory for Measurement and Information
According to Rich Partridge, Enterprise Systems analyst with D.H.
Brown Associates, "With the XD1, Cray leverages its strong heritage to
bring highly parallel, affordable supercomputing to a broad market of
industrial, government and academic users. The Cray XD1 is not merely
an Opteron/Linux parallel system; it is a 'Cray,' and that makes all
the difference. This is a true supercomputer, with balanced
performance that commodity designs just cannot achieve."
About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer
The Cray XD1 features the direct connect processor (DCP)
architecture, which removes PCI bottlenecks and memory contention to
deliver superior sustained performance. According to the HPC Challenge
benchmarks, the Cray XD1 has the lowest latency of any HPC system,
with MPI latency of 1.8 microseconds and random ring latency of 1.3
microseconds. Tests conducted by the Ohio Supercomputer Center show
that the Cray XD1 ships messages with four times lower MPI latency
than common cluster interconnects such as Infiniband, Quadrics or
Myrinet, and 30 times lower than Gigabit Ethernet employed in
lowest-cost clusters. The Cray XD1's interconnect delivers twice the
bandwidth of 4X Infiniband for messages up to 1 KB and 60 percent
higher throughput for very large messages.
The Linux/Opteron system runs x86 32/64 bit codes. Field
programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are available to accelerate
applications, and the Active Manager subsystem provides single system
command and control and high availability features. A 3VU (5.25")
chassis provides 12 compute processors, 58 peak gigaflops, 96
GB/second aggregate switching capacity, 1.8-microsecond MPI
interprocessor latency, 84 GB maximum memory and 1.5 TB maximum disk
storage. A 12-chassis rack provides 144 compute processors, 691 peak
gigaflops, 1TB/second aggregate switching capacity, 2 microsecond MPI
interprocessor latency, 922 GB/second aggregate memory bandwidth, 1 TB
maximum memory and 18 TB maximum disk storage.
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.
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