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Originally appeared in November 9, 2004

Cray Selects S2io's Xframe 10 Gb Ethernet Adapter For XT3

At SC2004, the world's leading conference on high performance computing, S2io announced that Cray Inc has selected S2io's Xframe 10 Gb Ethernet Adapter Card for platform connectivity for the Cray XT3 supercomputer that is designed for record-setting scalability. The Xframe adapters play a key role in delivering high bandwidth, low latency external connectivity between the Cray XT3 supercomputer and other computing platforms in networked environments.

"We are very pleased to support the high interconnectivity requirements for all systems ranging from the enterprise to critically important projects like the "Red Storm"-based Cray XT3 supercomputer," said Dave Zabrowski, president and CEO of S2io. "S2io's continued commitment to meet industry demands in High Performance Computing (HPC) environments is driving the adoption of 10 Gb Ethernet technology in numerous networked server and storage markets."

Cray has already made its first Cray XT3 shipment to Sandia National Laboratories. The supercomputer's architecture, co-designed with Sandia as part of the $90 million "Red Storm" system contract, delivers scalable application performance across a range of configurations. Other announced Cray
XT3 customers include Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

"Demonstrated performance, reliability and availability were key drivers that led us to select Xframe for the critical connectivity demands for this project," stated Susan Coatney, Cray's director of I/O development. "We expect that Xframe and 10 Gb Ethernet will continue playing an important role in our ongoing work with Sandia and other Cray XT3 customers."

When fully installed, "Red Storm" will have peak performance of more than 40 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second) and is expected to be at least seven times more powerful on real-world applications than Sandia's current ASCI Red supercomputer. The "Red Storm" architecture on which the Cray
XT3 system is based scales from 200 to 30,000 processors and up to 144 teraflops.

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