Center Will Support DOE Plans To Build World's Most Powerful Open
Scientific Supercomputer At ORNL's National Leadership
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 17, 2005-- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today said it
will soon establish a supercomputing center of excellence at the
Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The
Cray Supercomputing Center of Excellence will support the DOE's plans
to build the world's most powerful supercomputer for open
(non-classified) scientific research at ORNL.
DOE recently signed a contract for Cray to increase the capability
of DOE's National Leadership Computing Facility at the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory by fielding a 20-teraflop (trillions of
calculations per second) Cray X1E(TM) scalable vector system and a
20-teraflop Cray XT3(TM) massively parallel superscalar system in
2005. The contract also has options for upgrades to 100 and 250 peak
teraflops, which are contingent on Congressional funding.
The DOE's National Leadership Computing Capability for Science, as
provided by the ORNL supercomputer, will help ensure that the U.S.
retains its primacy in critical areas of science and technology, and
will enable breakthroughs in areas such as biotechnology, climate
change, nanoscience, fusion energy, astrophysics and others.
Cray's John Levesque will serve as program director of the new
center of excellence. "We are excited about establishing this
competency center within DOE's National Leadership Computing Facility
at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support one of the world's
most important supercomputing initiatives," said Cray Chairman and CEO
Jim Rottsolk. "With an experienced leader like John Levesque, I am
confident the new center of excellence will have a major impact in
helping researchers achieve scientific breakthroughs, and will enable
Cray to expand its relationships with leading scientists and engineers
from around the globe."
Within the center of excellence, Cray experts in vector and
superscalar systems, parallelization, cache and I/O optimization and
systems software will work closely with ORNL and DOE Office of Science
researchers to provide the leading computational environment needed to
support their breakthrough science and engineering. Cray experts will
work with these researchers, and other users of the DOE leadership
system from around the U.S. and the world, to design, port and
optimize critical research applications to run on the National
Leadership Computing Facility's Cray supercomputer technology.
Cray also expects the close collaboration with ORNL and DOE Office
of Science researchers to produce important insights for enhancing
future Cray hardware and software technologies.
Thomas Zacharia, ORNL associate laboratory director for Computing
and Computational Sciences, added that "Cray has been a strong partner
to ORNL, DOE and the broader research community around the world for
many years. We are excited that they chose our campus in Oak Ridge,
Tennessee as the location for this important center. We believe it
will play a major role in achieving the goals of the National
Leadership Computing Facility."
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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companies and innovative competitors. 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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SOURCE: Cray Inc.