System at Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab Will Be One of World's Fastest
SEATTLE, WA and BERKELEY, CA, Aug 10, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science announced today that Cray has won the contract to
install a next-generation supercomputer at the DOE's National Energy
Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The systems and
multi-year services contract, valued at over $52 million, includes
delivery of a Cray massively parallel processor supercomputer,
The contract also provides options for future upgrades that would
quadruple the size of the system and eventually boost performance to
one petaflops (1,000 trillion floating point operations per second)
A successor to the massively parallel Cray XT3(TM) supercomputer, the
Hood system installed at NERSC will be among the world's fastest
general-purpose systems. It will deliver sustained performance of at
least 16 trillion calculations per second -- with a theoretical peak
speed of 100 trillion calculations per second -- when running a suite
of diverse scientific applications at scale. The system uses
thousands of AMD Opteron(TM) processors running tuned, light-weight
operating system kernels and interfaced to Cray's unique SeaStar(TM)
Cray will begin shipping the new supercomputer to the NERSC facility
at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory later this year, with
completion of the installation anticipated in the first half of 2007
and acceptance in mid-2007.
As part of a competitive procurement process, NERSC evaluated systems
from a number of vendors using the NERSC Sustained System Performance
(SSP) metric. The SSP metric, developed by NERSC, measures sustained
performance on a set of codes designed to accurately represent the
challenging computing environment at the Center.
"While the theoretical peak speed of supercomputers may be good for
bragging rights, it's not an accurate indicator of how the machine
will perform when running actual research codes," said Horst Simon,
director of the NERSC Division at Berkeley Lab. "To better gauge how
well a system will meet the needs of our 2,500 users, we developed
SSP. According to this test, the new system will deliver over 16
teraflops on a sustained basis."
"The Cray proposal was selected because its price/performance was
substantially better than other proposals we received, as determined
by NERSC's comprehensive evaluation criteria of more than 40
measures," said Bill Kramer, general manager of the NERSC Center.
"We are excited that NERSC will again be home to a large Cray
supercomputer," said Cray President and CEO Peter Ungaro. "We are
proud to have been selected by NERSC in a challenging and competitive
evaluation process using a measurement that emulates real-world
conditions, rather than a simplistic peak-performance measurement.
NERSC joins a growing number of major high-performance computing
centers that have selected Cray systems which exemplify our vision of
Adaptive Supercomputing by handling scientific applications of
ever-increasing complexity and scaling to the highest performance
The Hood supercomputer at NERSC will consist of over 19,000 AMD
Opteron 2.6-gigahertz processor cores, with two cores per socket
making up one node. Each node has 4 gigabytes (4 billion bytes) of
memory and a dedicated SeaStar connection to the internal network.
The full system will consist of over 100 cabinets with 39 terabytes
(39 trillion bytes) of aggregate memory capacity.
"AMD and Cray continue to collaborate on innovative ways to leverage
Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport(TM) technology," said
Marty Seyer, senior vice president, Commercial Segment, AMD. "This
innovation, along with Cray's supercomputing expertise and focus on
scalable system architectures, has yet again resulted in a
significant win. This is confirmation that customers believe that the
design and performance of the AMD Opteron processor combined with
Cray's superior system architecture provides a winning combination."
In keeping with NERSC's tradition of naming supercomputers after
world-class scientists, the new system will be called "Franklin" in
honor of Benjamin Franklin, America's first scientist. This year is
the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth.
"Ben Franklin's scientific achievements included fundamental advances
in electricity, thermodynamics, energy efficiency, material science,
geophysics, climate, ocean currents, weather, materials science,
population growth, medicine and health, and many other areas," said
NERSC's Bill Kramer. "In the tradition of Franklin, we expect this
system to make contributions to science of the same high order."
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center is the
flagship scientific computing facility for DOE's Office of Science.
Located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA,
NERSC is one of the largest facilities in the world devoted to
providing computational resources and expertise for basic,
unclassified research. The Center enables interdisciplinary teams of
scientists to address fundamental problems in science and engineering
that require massive calculations and have broad scientific and
economic impacts. Go to www.nersc.gov for more information.
Cray's next-generation supercomputer, code-named "Hood" after Mount
Hood in the Cascade range of the Pacific Northwest, builds upon the
scalable architecture of the highly successful Cray XT3 supercomputer
and is intended for the most demanding scientific and engineering
problems. Like Cray's XT3 system, Hood is designed around a scalable
processing element using x86 64-bit AMD Opteron dual-core processors,
upgradeable to quad-core when made available, and uses a future
generation of SeaStar technology to increase bandwidth between the
Opteron and the system network.
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. For
more information, go to www.cray.com.
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For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Factors That Could
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SOURCE: Cray Inc.