SEATTLE, WA AND SEOUL, KOREA, Feb 06, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and the Korea
Meteorological Administration (KMA) today announced that KMA has put
into production the fastest operational numerical weather prediction
system in the world. KMA takes advantage of the processing speed of
its new Cray X1E(TM) supercomputer to facilitate development and
operational services for long-range weather prediction and climate
study, resulting in more accurate and timely weather, seasonal
climate and ocean wave forecasts.
KMA's Cray X1E system, ranked number 16 on the TOP500 list of
supercomputer sites published in November 2005, is equipped with 1,024
processors that deliver a peak performance of 18.5 teraflops (18.5
trillion floating point operations per second). The system became
fully operational with an opening ceremony performed at KMA's
supercomputing center in Seoul to mark the event.
"We at KMA are proud to host such an impressive capability and
excited that our new Cray X1E system is up and running," said Dongil
Lee, chief of the Supercomputer Center at KMA. "The system allows us
to run very large-scale models and numerous ensemble members, as well
as employ advanced data assimilation and model parameterization
techniques, that will greatly benefit our predictive activities and
scientific research. This helps us further our mission of ensuring
public welfare through improved meteorology."
"We are delighted that the Cray X1E supercomputer passed KMA's
rigorous acceptance process and is meeting their high expectations,"
said Per Nyberg, Cray's Director, Earth Sciences Segment. "The launch
of this new system, together with Cray's involvement in KMA's Earth
System Research Center, underscores our close relationship with KMA
and emphasizes the important role Cray products play in operational
weather forecasting worldwide."
About the Cray X1E Supercomputer
The Cray X1E system delivers maximum performance for the world's most
challenging computational problems by combining the processor
performance of traditional vector systems with the scalability of
microprocessor-based architectures. High performance interconnect and
memory subsystems allow the Cray X1E system to scale from 16 to 8,192
processors, delivering up to 147 teraflops in a single system. The
Cray X1E supercomputer and its predecessor, the Cray X1(TM)
supercomputer, are the first vector systems designed to scale to
thousands of processors in a single system image. Go to
http://www.cray.com/products/x1e/index.html for more information.
About the Korea Meteorological Administration
Established in 1949 as the Central Meteorological Office, KMA is a
governmental organization dedicated to improving public welfare
through the prevention and mitigation of meteorological disasters,
and to supporting government and business activities such as
aeronautics that depend on accurate weather prediction. KMA comprises
the Forecast, Observation and Climate bureaus; the Planning and
Information offices; the Meteorological Research Institute (METRI);
aviation weather stations; five Regional Meteorological Offices with
over 1200 employees; and 94 weather and observation stations. The
organization collaborates with other entities engaged in
meteorological research and prediction worldwide.
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.
Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray X1E and Cray X1 are
trademarks, of Cray Inc. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.
SOURCE: Cray Inc.