"BlackWidow" a Key Milestone in Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing Initiative
SEATTLE, WA, Jun 27, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAYD) today
announced that the company's next-generation vector high-performance
computing system is scheduled for general availability in the second
half of 2007. Code-named "BlackWidow," the new system is part of an
evolving heterogeneous processing capability that is the centerpiece
of Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision.
A follow-on to current Cray vector supercomputers, BlackWidow will
achieve superior sustained application performance with faster clock
speeds, higher bandwidth and greater scalability. Applications
developed for the Cray X1E(TM) system and its predecessor, the Cray
X1(TM) system, will port easily to BlackWidow. Vector processing
enables breakthrough research in areas such as advanced aircraft
design, weather forecasting and climate modeling, internal combustion
simulation, structural and fluid analysis and plasma energy.
BlackWidow and Cray XT3(TM)-class supercomputers will use a new
scalable infrastructure, called "Rainier" (the initial phase of Cray's
Adaptive Supercomputing vision), which provides common input/output
processing and system services. This will give customers a uniquely
powerful way to combine best-in-class vector and scalar processing
power in a more economical and flexible package, avoiding the
administrative costs and complexities of having to install and manage
"Building on the success of the Cray X1E system, the new BlackWidow
supercomputer will give scientists and engineers a powerful
computational tool that offers dramatically improved price/performance
and enhanced capabilities designed to solve complex problems that are
beyond the abilities of cluster systems using commodity processors,"
said Peter Ungaro, Cray's president and CEO. "The tightly integrated
design will allow customers to configure an optimal mix of vector and
scalar computing resources in a single supercomputer running the
familiar Linux operating system. This will also give our Cray XT3
customers the opportunity to add high-bandwidth, vector capability in
small, cost-effective increments."
About Cray Inc.
As the global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides highly advanced
supercomputing systems and world-class services and support to
government, industry and academia. Cray technology enables scientists
and engineers to achieve remarkable breakthroughs by accelerating
performance, improving efficiency and extending the capabilities of
their most demanding applications. Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing
vision will result in innovative next-generation products that
integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified
architecture, allowing customers to surpass today's limitations and
meeting the market's continued demand for realized performance. 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, continuation, timing and level of government
research and development funding and supercomputer system purchases,
reliance on third-party suppliers, successful porting of application
programs to new computing systems and Cray's ability to keep up with
rapid technological changes. 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.