Cray XT3 System Was Clear Performance Leader
SEATTLE, WA, Jan 24, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) announced today that it has won the
competition to provide the United Kingdom's AWE plc with one of the
world's most powerful supercomputers, a Cray XT3(TM) system with peak
performance of over 40 teraflops (trillions of calculations per
"This investment will enable us to make advances on a range of
scientific fronts -- including weapon physics, materials science and
engineering -- which will underpin our continued ability to
underwrite the safety and effectiveness of the Trident warhead in the
Comprehensive Test Ban era," said Dr Brian Bowsher, AWE's Director
for Research and Applied Science.
Brian Maskell, AWE's Manager for Future Systems, noted that, "With
almost 30 times our current computing power, as measured on AWE's
rigorous benchmark tests, the new Cray supercomputer will enable us to
explore even more complex mathematical models in three dimensions.
To put this power in perspective, the six billion inhabitants of
earth would have to make nearly 7,000 calculations per second each to
keep up with our new Cray. We anticipate that this would be the
fastest system in Europe if installed today."
"We are excited that AWE will be using Cray's latest technology to
fulfill its extremely important mission," said Cray President and CEO
Peter Ungaro. "We had Cray systems at AWE 10 years ago and are proud
to have AWE back as a partner. This will be Cray's largest system in
Europe and our first Cray XT3 contract worldwide with dual-core
processors. The AWE win is a very important addition to Cray's
The contract calls for Cray to ship the new supercomputer to AWE in
second-quarter 2006, and for the system to enter full production in
the second half of 2006. The contract, including services, is valued
at more than 20 million British pounds.
Cray won the AWE procurement against fierce competition across the
industry. "The Cray XT3 system was the clear performance leader on
AWE's demanding applications," said Ulla Thiel, vice president of Cray
Europe. "The Cray XT3 supercomputer is delivering on its promise to
provide a high level of sustained application performance and is
ideally suited for capability-type computing. It allows real
applications to scale up to several thousands of processors,
something that simply cannot be achieved on a standard HPC cluster."
The Cray XT3 system, Cray's third-generation massively parallel
processing product, was designed from the ground up to deliver the
cost advantages of microprocessors and to operate efficiently and
reliably at large scale. The system uses Cray purpose-built
interconnect technology, as well as the AMD Opteron(TM) processor's
Direct Connect architecture and HyperTransport(TM) technology, to
connect processors and memory at high speed. Each component in the
Cray XT3 system, from the HPC-optimized operating system, to the
high-efficiency cooling system and the integrated management system,
is designed to ensure jobs involving thousands of processors run to
The Cray XT3 supercomputer -- co-developed by Cray and Sandia
National Laboratories -- has set new standards for systems based on
standard microprocessors, demonstrating much higher percentage of peak
performance on real applications. Sandia has achieved exceptional
performance results at record scale since deploying the Red Storm
system, running key applications across 10,000 processors or more.
AWE, the Atomic Weapons Establishment, is responsible for providing
warheads for the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent. The design and
stewardship of such complex systems has traditionally required the
highest capability computer systems available, particularly since the
UK became a signatory to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in the
last decade. AWE is one of the largest high technology research,
design development and production facilities in the country. Go to
www.awe.co.uk for more information.
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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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, including the development and installation of
stable systems and system software that enables the scaling of
application programs over a large number of processors, the
successful passing of contractually defined acceptance tests,
reliance on third-party suppliers, the successful porting of
application programs to the Cray XT3 system and Cray's ability to
keep up with rapid technological change. 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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