Advanced Cray Hybrid System Will Serve UK's Academic Community
SEATTLE, WA, Feb 15, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that Cray UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cray, has signed
contracts with UoE HPCX Ltd. and the UK's Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to provide a massively parallel
processing (MPP) hybrid supercomputer that will become one of the
most powerful computing systems in the world. The multi-year contract,
valued at approximately $85 million, includes hardware, maintenance
and associated professional services.
The Cray system is the centerpiece in EPSRC's High End Computing
Terascale Resources (HECToR) project, one of the largest and most
ambitious high performance computing (HPC) initiatives in Europe. The
new supercomputer will be installed at the University of Edinburgh's
Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) in Edinburgh, Scotland, in stages
over the next two years. It will serve a broad community of academic
users across the UK.
"EPSRC, working with other UK Research Councils, strives to make the
UK the most dynamic and stimulating environment in the world for
research and innovation -- and that means providing our researchers
with the most advanced computational tools available," said Dr.
Randal Richards, EPSRC Interim Chief Executive. "The world-class
HECToR project will give UK scientists the means to conduct
breakthrough research in a broad range of disciplines. Our
partnership with Cray will help researchers stay at the forefront of
their fields as they continue to address the pressing needs of
society and industry."
The Cray supercomputer will be the first hybrid computer that is
based on mature, proven technology. It will consist of Cray's XT4(TM)
AMD Opteron(TM)-based MPP system enhanced with a tightly integrated
next-generation Cray vector system code-named "BlackWidow." The
design leverages Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision, which
incorporates proven supercomputing processor technologies into a
single hybrid system. The contract also includes a next-generation
Cray MPP system, code-named "Baker," to be installed in 2009 that
will further boost sustained application performance.
"We are honored that EPSRC chose Cray to be its partner for the
HECToR project, further supporting the Cray XT4 supercomputer's
prominent position among the world's most powerful research
computers," said Peter Ungaro, Cray's president and CEO. "This
initiative will serve as an excellent showcase for Cray's most
advanced hybrid computing concepts, bringing to bear the capabilities
of Adaptive Supercomputing to address the demanding needs of
leading-edge scientific research."
"The HECToR award is a huge success for our organization," said Ulla
Thiel, Cray Vice President Europe. "We are very excited about winning
the largest HPC procurement in Europe, and this clearly highlights
Cray's rapidly increasing presence in the European HPC community."
About Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre and UoE HPCX Ltd.
UoE HPCX Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of
Edinburgh. With the signing of the HECToR agreement it holds the
contracts to provide both the UK's national supercomputer services
for academia. Its success is based on that of Edinburgh Parallel
Computing Centre (EPCC) -- a computational science research and
technology transfer institute within the University. Founded in 1990,
EPCC's mission is to accelerate the effective exploitation of novel
computing solutions throughout academia, industry and commerce.
Today, EPCC is the leading computational science technology transfer
centre in Europe. Go to www.epcc.ed.ac.uk for more information.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the
UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical
sciences. EPSRC is investing GBP 650 million this year in research and
postgraduate training to help the nation handle the next generation of
technological change. The areas covered range from information
technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials
science. This research forms the basis for future economic
development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health,
lifestyle and culture. EPSRC also actively promotes public awareness
of science and engineering. EPSRC works alongside other Research
Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The
Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via
Research Councils UK. Go to www.epsrc.ac.uk/ for more information.
About the Cray XT4 Supercomputer
The Cray XT4 supercomputer is designed to efficiently scale to a peak
performance of more than one petaflop (1,000 trillion floating-point
operations per second). The system is equipped with dual-core
processors that can be easily upgraded to AMD's Quad Core Opteron
technology in the future. Unlike typical cluster architectures, in
which many microprocessors share one communications interface, each
AMD Opteron processor in the Cray XT4 system is coupled with its own
interconnect chip. Providing six links in three dimensions, the
unique Cray SeaStar2(TM) chip uses its embedded routing capability to
take advantage of HyperTransport(TM) technology and significantly
accelerate communications among the processors. Go to
www.cray.com/products/xt4/index.html for more information.
About Cray Inc.
As a global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides highly advanced
supercomputers 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.
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development projects; Cray's ability to scale the system to the
targeted level of performance; reliance on third-party suppliers,
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