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Cray Expands Sonexion Storage Product Line
New Cray Sonexion 1600 System Achieves More Than 1TB/Sec of Lustre Bandwidth

Nov 13, 2012 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY), the world's leading experts in large-scale parallel storage systems for high performance computing (HPC), today announced the latest addition to its line of scale-out Lustre storage solutions with the launch of the Cray Sonexion® 1600 system. The next generation of the Company's integrated file system, the Cray Sonexion 1600 system is fast, compact, high quality and built on open standards.

The Cray Sonexion 1600 storage system scales from terabytes to petabytes. The storage system's modular architecture enables incremental performance and capacity scalability, well-suited to a broad range of HPC applications and workloads -- from technical computing to high-end HPC systems.

Cray's new storage system is a key part of the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois. The Sonexion 1600 storage system at NCSA consists of more than 25 petabytes of usable storage in 36 cabinets with more than 17,000 disks, and delivers more than 1TB/sec of I/O bandwidth performance to more than 25,000 compute nodes. The Cray Sonexion 1600 system is also available and in production for non-Cray cluster-attached systems.

"Storage has become essential to scientific computing, and what Cray has done is design and build a storage system that is immense -- I don't know of any other system with the requirements for scalability that is being put together for such huge applications," said Bill Kramer, deputy project director for the Blue Waters Project at NCSA. "With the Sonexion 1600 storage system and its Cray Lustre environment, Cray has built a file system that is highly reliable, productive and very performant. NCSA also has recently demonstrated over 1.1TB/sec of I/O bandwidth with this file system for multiple real-world use cases, and we believe this to be the fastest Lustre file system ever built."

"Our Sonexion 1600 system exemplifies our focus and expertise in deploying parallel storage solutions for HPC and technical computing all the way from 100TBs to tens of petabytes," said Barry Bolding, Cray's vice president of storage and data management. "We are pleased with our storage accomplishments as part of the Blue Waters system, and we are excited to introduce a new addition to our line of Sonexion products that already have a proven track record from departmental to the highest levels of supercomputing."

Available now, the Sonexion 1600 system is a fully integrated, scale-out Lustre storage system designed for a broad range of HPC workloads. The system features a compact design for maximum density, and can reduce the storage footprint by 50 percent for petascale systems. The Sonexion 1600 system features a significant upgrade in speed by being able to scale large I/O and throughput from 5GB/sec up to a 1TB/sec in a single file system. With 4TB drives, the Sonexion 1600 also features an increase in Scalable Storage Unit (SSU) capacity with up to 240TB per SSU exceeding 1.4PBs per rack.

A number of leading HPC Centers have already signed contracts to purchase Sonexion 1600 systems, including the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland; the Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in Berkeley, California; and the Pawsey Centre in Perth, Australia, which is owned by CSIRO and operated by iVEC. The Cray Sonexion storage system delivered to NERSC is capable of scaling to more than six petabytes of usable storage and more than 140GB/sec of sustained aggregate I/O performance. 

In addition to the Cray Sonexion 1600 storage solution, Cray will continue to offer the Sonexion 1300 system, which was introduced in November 2011. Complementing the Sonexion line of products is Cray's Data Management Platform. Cray offers pre-validated architectures, best practices, and solutions for Data Direct Networks and NetApp E-Series storage systems. 

Additional information on the Cray Sonexion 1600 system, including a brochure and technical details, can be found on the Cray Sonexion storage page on the Cray website.

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