SOURCE: Cray Inc.

September 06, 2005 07:30 ET

Cray and Celoxica Make Reconfigurable Computing Easier to Program

SEATTLE, WA and OXFORDSHIRE, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that it is collaborating with Celoxica Ltd. to make Celoxica's DK Design Suite available to customers who want to use a software design flow to accelerate their applications using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) integrated into the Cray XD1™ supercomputer. The DK Design Suite consists of C-based design and synthesis tools that allow software engineers skilled in high-level programming languages to implement FPGA-based algorithms using the familiar C language. Called reconfigurable computing, FPGA technology can dramatically increase the speed of engineering and scientific applications.

Users of a Cray XD1 system equipped with FPGAs are able to accelerate their applications by programming the FPGAs to act like high-speed, specialized co-processors. The FPGA devices take some of the computational load off the main processors by running special subroutines that speed up parts of the application's code. As a result, users can solve complex problems in less time without having to increase the size and power budget of their computing platforms.

This performance-enhancing technology is known as reconfigurable computing because the FPGAs can be configured as the application runs to optimize efficiency. Application types that can benefit from this technique include seismic engineering, astrophysics, biotechnology, financial modeling and other compute-intensive areas of study.

"Cray XD1 system users who want to realize the full potential of reconfigurable computing will now be able to choose an easy-to-use C programming environment. The Celoxica DK Design Suite offers tools that deliver a rapid and flexible implementation methodology specifically designed for reconfigurable architectures," said Phil Bishop, president and CEO of Celoxica. "We are excited to be working with a company of Cray's stature as part of our strategy to expand our business in the high-performance computing arena."

"The unique design of the Cray XD1 system maximizes FPGA operation by directly linking the FPGAs to the system's high-speed interconnect, accelerating communications between the FPGAs and the processors," said Amar Shan, product manager for the Cray XD1 system. "Software engineers seeking to optimize the performance of their applications with FPGAs can use Celoxica's tools to program in the familiar C language, rather than having to master low-level languages such as VHDL or other tools more suited to hardware development. Cray is pleased to be partnering with Celoxica as we continue to add tools to help our customers get the greatest advantage from their supercomputing investment."

For information about the availability of Celoxica's DK Design Suite for the Cray XD1 supercomputer, contact Cray at or Celoxica at

About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer

The Cray XD1 supercomputer combines direct-connect system architecture, high-performance computing (HPC)-optimized Linux, management and reconfigurable computing technologies to deliver exceptional performance on real-world applications. Purpose-built for demanding HPC applications such as computational chemistry, environmental forecasting and computer-aided engineering (CAE), the Cray XD1 system lets users simulate, analyze and solve complex problems more quickly and accurately. The x86-based Cray XD1 system supports a broad range of 32- and 64-bit HPC applications on AMD Opteron™ single- or dual-core processors. The Cray XD1 system also provides application acceleration capabilities using FPGA technology tightly connected to the direct-connect structure.

About Cray Inc.

As the global leader in 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 for more information.

About Celoxica, Ltd.

An innovator in electronic systems level (ESL) design, Celoxica is turning software into silicon by supplying the design tools, boards, IP and services that enable the next generation of advanced electronic product design. Celoxica technology raises design abstraction to algorithm level, accelerating productivity and lowering risk and costs by generating semiconductor hardware directly from C-based software descriptions. Adding to a growing installed base, Celoxica provides the world's most widely used C-based behavioral design and synthesis solutions to companies developing semiconductor products in markets such as consumer electronics, defense and aerospace, automotive, industrial and security. For more information, visit:

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