BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2005--Global supercomputer
leader Cray Inc (Nasdaq:CRAY) today reported that its Cray XD1(TM)
Opteron/Linux-based supercomputer has posted top scores in benchmark
tests that include the government-sponsored High Performance Computing
(HPC) Challenge, and has achieved worldwide order momentum in the HPC
market since its introduction last October. The Company also announced
it will demonstrate the Cray XD1 supercomputer equipped with AMD's new
Opteron dual-core processors at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
taking place this week in Boston.
"The Cray XD1 system has surpassed our expectations for benchmark
tests and customer enthusiasm at this stage," said Peter Ungaro, Cray
senior vice president for sales, marketing and service. "The system
has demonstrated breakthrough performance, scalability and
manageability compared to conventional cluster solutions. The Cray XD1
system is fulfilling its promise of giving engineers and researchers a
high level of supercomputing power priced from under $100,000 US
list--well below other supercomputers of comparable size and power."
Later this year, peak performance on the Cray XD1 system will
nearly double with the availability of AMD's dual-core Opteron
processors, which feature two cores directly connected on a single
die. AMD states the chips will deliver the best performance per watt
in the industry with little or no increase in power consumption or
heat dissipation. The dual-core processors can easily be plugged into
the Cray XD1 system as upgrades.
Top Scores on HPC Challenge and Other Tests
On the HPC Challenge benchmarks sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Energy, the National Science Foundation and DARPA, the Cray XD1
system significantly outperformed all other HPC systems in its size
and price category as of February 11, 2005. In the random-ring latency
test, an important indicator of real-world performance, the Cray XD1
system surpassed all the other HPC systems tested regardless of size
and price. This test assesses the latency and bandwidth of
simultaneous communication patterns that impact small-message-sending
codes, such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Parallel Ocean
Program (POP), Livermore Software Technology Corporation's (LSTC)
LS-Dyna engineering software and Acusim Software's AcuSolve(TM)
computational fluid dynamics application.
The system performed best in its class and second overall on two
tests: performing more than twice as fast as the leading Itanium
system on the HPC Challenge random updates to memory test, which is
important for adaptive mesh refinement codes such as SAGE, Partisan
and CTH; and exceeding the performance of a comparably sized IBM p655
with Federation switch by more than 8 times on the global floating
point execution test (FFTE benchmark), which is a useful measure of
the total communications capacity of the network and affects codes
such as molecular dynamic and climate prediction models.
In addition to the HPC Challenge tests, the Cray XD1 supercomputer
has topped the competition in a number of other benchmarks. For
example, the system proved 91 percent faster than a Xeon/Myrinet
cluster, 31 percent faster than an Opteron/Infiniband cluster and 13
percent faster than on Itanium/Infiniband cluster at 32 processors
when tested with Livermore Software's LS-DYNA--a program that is
widely used in the automotive industry to simulate real-world
Popularity in the HPC Marketplace
The Cray XD1 supercomputer has already been adopted by customers
in more than 10 countries around the world. Organizations that have
recently selected the Cray XD1 system include CINECA, the largest
Italian computing consortium comprising 25 universities and the
country's national research council, and the U.S. Air Force's Maui
High Performance Computing Center, which is one of the top
supercomputer sites in the United States Department of Defense.
"We look forward to giving Italy's research community access to
the latest Cray technology and to expanding our long-standing
relationship with Cray," said CINECA director Marco Lanzarini.
Some other Cray XD1 supercomputer customers include: the Central
Institute for Applied Mathematics in Germany's Research Center Juelich
(FZJ); the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany; the SAHA
Institute of Nuclear Physics in Calcutta, India; the Konrad Zuse
Center for Information Technology in Berlin; the Ohio Supercomputer
Center in Columbus; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland,
Washington; and the Alabama Supercomputing Authority in Montgomery.
Supercomputing for Departmental Workloads
The Cray XD1 supercomputer is ideal for the highly specialized HPC
applications used by government and academia, as well as commercial
applications, such as computer-aided engineering (CAE) in aerospace,
automotive, marine and other industries. Research areas that can reap
benefits include climate and weather forecasting, aeronautics,
astrophysics, adaptive optics, computational chemistry, quantum
physics and biotechnology, as well as many others. With prices
starting from under $100,000 US list the Cray XD1 system brings
supercomputing to a broad range of HPC users, handling departmental to
A growing number of customers have selected the Cray XD1
supercomputer specifically for its application acceleration
capabilities. In the Cray XD1 system architecture, optional
field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) act as high-speed co-processors
that can accelerate critical calculations as much as 30 to 100 times,
resulting in significant decreases in the time required to run
"At OSC we are really excited about the Cray XD1 supercomputer,"
said Kevin Wohlever, director, Springfield Operations, Ohio
Supercomputing Center. "Bringing FPGAs into an HPC computing structure
will allow us to support a new class of users. It will also reduce the
number of platforms that we have to support, and bring together
functionalities into a tightly coupled environment. This is extremely
useful for our High Level Language and Blue Collar Computing efforts."
For details on the HPC Challenge benchmarks, go to
http://icl.cs.utk.edu/hpcc/hpcc_results.cgi (the Cray XD1
supercomputer is referred to as "Cray AMD Opteron"), or see the
February 14, 2005 Cray press release titled "Cray XD1 Supercomputer
Outscores Competition in HPC Challenge Benchmark Tests." For LS-Dyna
results go to http:/www.topcrunch.org.
About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer
The Cray XD1 supercomputer features direct-connect processor (DCP)
architecture, which removes PCI bottlenecks and memory contention to
deliver superior sustained performance. The Cray XD1 system has the
lowest latency of any current HPC system, with MPI latency of 1.8
microseconds in measured tests conducted using the Ohio State MPI
benchmark. The Opteron/Linux 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.
About Cray Inc
As the global leader in 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.
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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, the successful porting of application programs, the
successful passing of acceptance tests and reliance on third-party
suppliers. 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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