SOURCE: Cray Inc.

July 07, 2005 07:30 ET

CD-adapco Accelerates Its Software and Consulting Business With Additional Cray XD1 Supercomputers

SEATTLE, WA and MELVILLE, NY and LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 7, 2005 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and CD-adapco, an internationally based software developer and consultancy specializing in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), announced today that CD-adapco has purchased two additional Cray XD1™ supercomputers to help boost productivity in the company's growing consulting business. A six-chassis, 72-processor Cray XD1 system for CD-adapco's European Headquarters office in London and a three-chassis, 36-processor system for the Paris office will be added to the 72-processor system that is already successfully running production jobs in the Melville, NY, North American Headquarters office.

CD-adapco's STAR-CD and STAR-CCM+ CFD simulation codes provide computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions for designing and manufacturing products and processes in the automotive, aerospace, biomedical, building, chemical process, oil and gas, turbomachinery and other industries. The recently released STAR-CD v3.26 offers a number of innovative features aimed at enhancing engine simulations, including modeling techniques that let design engineers more accurately simulate combustion in the new direct-injection automobile engines. STAR-CCM+ contains the revolutionary new polyhedral-based finite volume solution approach, which is both robust with respect to automatic meshing and accurate solution of very complicated geometry and faster than other methods for even the largest problems being attacked in industry today.

"CD-adapco is pleased to announce that the Cray XD1 supercomputer successfully completed the rigorous quality assurance needed for STAR-CD certification," said Peter S. MacDonald, president of CD-adapco. "Using a battery of benchmark tests, we've certified that our simulation codes can leverage the Cray XD1 system's direct connect architecture to deliver outstanding performance and scalability for CAE clients. Now we're ready to give more of our employees access to the Cray XD1 system with the new installations in London and Paris. We expect these systems to provide our consultancy with an important productivity edge."

CD-adapco has been using the six-chassis Cray XD1 system installed at their New York consulting office to run a wide variety of industrial problems. Results indicate a 20 percent performance advantage over cluster systems at the 32-processor range. This accelerated performance has significantly increased job throughput on a daily basis, which is essential to the success of the business.

"These purchases validate our strong relationship with CD-adapco, and underscore the advantages that the Cray XD1 supercomputer is capable of delivering to the many engineers and researches who use STAR-CD," said Dr. Himanshu Misra, CAE Business Manager at Cray. "Because it is purpose-built for compute-intensive applications such as CFD, the Cray XD1 system excels at handling the demands that CD-adapco's code makes on processor utilization while solving large, real-world problems. The system offers exceptional value for companies and CAE workgroups of all sizes."

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 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 field-programmable gate array (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 www.cray.com for more information.

About CD-adapco

CD-adapco is a global enterprise providing advanced computationally based engineering solutions, including CFD solvers, CAD-integrated options, expert system tools, training and CFD/finite element analysis (FEA) engineering/consulting services. The company has centers in London, New York and Yokohama with subsidiary offices throughout the world. CD-adapco solutions are widely used in automotive design, as well as in the aerospace, biomedical, building, environmental, chemical process, marine, oil and gas, power generation and turbomachinery industries. Go to www.cd-adapco.com for more information.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XD1 is a trademark, of Cray Inc. Opteron is a trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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