First Shipment Is To Sandia National Laboratories; Other Initial
Customers Include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pittsburgh
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2004-- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today reported
that it has begun shipping the Cray XT3(TM) supercomputer, an industry
standard massively parallel processing (MPP) system that strongly
advances the record-setting scalability and sustained application
performance of the renowned Cray T3D(TM) and Cray T3E(TM) systems.
U.S. list pricing for the Cray XT3 supercomputer begins at about $2
The first shipment was to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)
National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Sandia National
Laboratories (Sandia). The Sandia system was developed and delivered
under contract for the Advanced Simulation & Computing (ASC) program.
Other initial customers include the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
and the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Cray XT3 supercomputer's architecture, co-designed with Sandia
as part of the $90 million "Red Storm" system contract, delivers
superior scalable application performance and value across a range of
configurations from 200 to 30,000 processors, with peak performance of
up to 144 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second).
Cray has shipped a 10-teraflop portion of the "Red Storm" system
to Sandia. When fully installed, "Red Storm" will have over 40 peak
teraflops of performance, more than 11,000 AMD Opteron(TM) processors,
and 240 terabytes of disk storage. The system is expected to be at
least seven times more powerful than Sandia's current ASCI Red
supercomputer on real-world applications.
That is just the beginning. "Today's Cray XT3 is the first in a
series of increasingly powerful scalable Cray products that exploit
the Red Storm architecture. The architecture will allow capability to
be increased with a simple processor upgrade," said Sandia's Bill
Camp, Director of Computers, Computation, Information and Mathematics.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory
(ORNL), which selected the Cray XT3 system for their National
Leadership Class Facility computing initiative, is slated to receive a
20-teraflop Cray XT3 supercomputer, along with a 20-teraflop Cray
X1E(TM) vector MPP supercomputer, in 2005. In May 2004, the DOE chose
ORNL "to lead a partnership with a goal of building the world's most
powerful supercomputer by 2007," according to Energy Secretary Spencer
Abraham. ORNL plans to expand to a 100-teraflop Cray system at Oak
Ridge in 2006, and to move in 2007 to a system with over 250 peak
teraflops and up to 100 sustained teraflops on real-world problems.
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has signed a contract
for a 10-teraflop Cray XT3 supercomputer that can be expanded over
time. In a joint statement, PSC scientific directors Michael Levine
and Ralph Roskies said, "We are very enthusiastic about making this
new and powerful scientific instrument available to National Science
Foundation researchers. Remotely using part of the XT3 system which
will soon be shipped from Cray to PSC, we have successfully run the
Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) from the Center for
Analysis and Prediction of Storms, led by Kelvin Droegemeier. Our
ability to execute this full application, a comprehensive regional to
storm-scale atmospheric modeling/prediction system, as well as our
successes with segments of other simulation programs, strongly
indicates that it will be a highly productive computational resource."
According to Rich Partridge, Enterprise Systems analyst with D.H.
Brown Associates, "Thanks to its blend of high performance computation
and robust communication, Cray's T3E was the leading MPP system for
years. The Cray XT3 becomes the logical successor. Employing updated
processor and interconnect technology, Cray again offers a highly
scalable MPP design, with a balance of computation and communication
capabilities that promises to deliver superior performance on
"The Cray XT3 supercomputer, designed in partnership with Sandia,
advances the achievements of the Cray T3D and Cray T3E, widely
recognized as the gold standard for MPP systems, as well as the ASCI
Red supercomputer. The Cray XT3 sets a new standard for the efficient
scalability and reliability of standard microprocessor-based system
designs," said Peter Ungaro, Cray senior vice president for sales,
marketing and services. "On real problems, the Cray XT3 system's
balanced design will enable it to outperform large-scale clusters with
substantially greater theoretical peak or Linpack (Top500) speed."
The Cray XT3 Supercomputer - Scalable By Design
The Cray XT3 supercomputer's high-bandwidth, low-latency design --
purpose-built for high performance computing (HPC) applications --
delivers a much higher percentage of peak performance in practice than
HPC clusters and other alternatives.
The Cray XT3 supercomputer uses Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
HyperTransport(TM) technology and Opteron(TM) processors connected via
a Cray low-latency, high-bandwidth, three-dimensional torus
About Cray Inc.
- A 3D torus direct connected processor (DCP) architecture
tightly links processors to nearest neighbors.
- A highly scalable compute system incorporates high performance
AMD Opteron(TM) processors, high speed memory, an MPP
optimized operating system, and a standards-based programming
environment to deliver unmatched sustained application
performance in configurations from 200 to 30,000 processors.
- A high bandwidth, low latency interconnect with embedded
communications processing and routing offers total
interconnect bandwidth of more than 100 terabytes/second.
- High speed, global I/O is scalable to over 100
gigabytes/second of I/O (input/output) bandwidth and hundreds
of terabytes of parallel disk storage.
- A tightly integrated management and operating system provides
high reliability and is designed to run full-system
applications to completion.
As the global leader in high performance computing (HPC), Cray
provides innovative supercomputing systems that enable scientists and
engineers in government, industry and academia to meet both existing
and future computational challenges. Building on years of experience
in designing, developing, marketing and servicing the world's most
advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of HPC
systems that deliver unrivaled sustained performance on a wide range
of applications. Go to www.cray.com for more information.
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 technical challenges of developing high performance
computing systems, reliance on third-party suppliers, government
support of supercomputer systems research and development and
purchases, the passing of acceptance tests, procurement proposals
based on theoretical peak speed, the successful porting of application
programs to Cray systems, Cray's ability to keep up with rapid
technological change 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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