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Originally appeared in November 9, 2004
Cray Enters SC2004 With Leadership Initiatives, Awards
Cray Inc said it entered the SC2004 annual supercomputing conference with
the world's most comprehensive and capable lineup of high performance computing
(HPC) products, major leadership initiatives and industry awards.
- With the addition of the new Cray XD1 and Cray XT3 Opteron/Linux-based
products to the performance-leading Cray X1 system, Cray's HPC products
now range from 12 to 30,000 processors, begin at under $100,000 (U.S. list),
and can scale applications performance with unrivaled efficiency up to
144 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second). Cray is the only
company offering multiple processing capabilities today: off-the-shelf
microprocessing, vector processing, FPGA processing.
- Sandia "Red Storm" system. When fully installed, "Red
Storm" features 41.5 peak teraflops, 11000-plus AMD Opteron processors,
and a powerful interconnect that will enable it to outperform, on real-world
applications, large-scale clusters with far higher peak performance and
Linpack (Top500) ratings.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) showcased its new National Leadership
Computing Facility. Oak Ridge plans to deploy a 20-teraflop Cray XT3
supercomputer, along with a 20-teraflop Cray X1E vector MPP supercomputer,
in 2005. In May 2004, the DOE chose ORNL "to lead a partnership with a goal of
building the world's most powerful supercomputer by 2007." ORNL
plans to expand to a 100-teraflop Cray system at Oak Ridge in 2006, and
to move in 2007 to a system with over 250 peak teraflops and up to 100
sustained teraflops on real-world problems. ORNL will give talks in the
Cray booth (Wednesday, 4pm, 5pm).
- The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) displayed a single-cabinet
new Cray XT3 supercomputer and gave presentations in the Cray booth.
PSC has successfully run the Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS)
from the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms, led by Kelvin
Droegemeier, on a Cray XT3 system.
- The Army HPC Research Center (AHPCRC) reported new results on the Cray
X1 supercomputer. Warsaw University/ICM (Wednesday, noon) and Ohio Supercomputer
Center (Thursday, 1pm) will discuss plans for using the Cray X1 system.
Cray will present the latest HPCC benchmark results (Thursday, noon).
All presentations in the Cray booth.
- Cray provided live demos of the new Cray XD1 system. The Alabama Supercomputer
Authority and Ohio Supercomputer Center (Thursday, 10am) will discuss
plans for using this system, and OSC will give a talk on FPGA technology
(Wednesday, 10am). All presentations in the Cray booth.
Cray Dominates HPCwire Reader's Choice Awards
Cray and Cray customers dominated the 2004 HPCwire Reader's Choice Awards,
capturing five of 19 awards (more than any other organization) in the following
- Most important emerging technology: Cray - Red Storm
- Most important
HPC technology: Cray - Red Storm
- Most innovative implementation: PSC
- Red Storm
- Most innovative hardware technology: Cray Inc.
- Best collaboration between
government and industry: ORNL and Cray Inc.
The company also captured HPCwire Editor's Choice Awards for most innovative
HPC technology, and most important emerging technology (Red Storm in both
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About Cray Inc
As the global leader in high performance computing (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.
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