SOURCE: Cray Inc.

November 18, 2008 07:30 ET

Cray CX1 Taps Clustercorp's Rocks+ for Linux

SEATTLE, WA and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and Clustercorp today announced the immediate availability of the Cray CX1 deskside supercomputer preloaded with Rocks+ 5, the commercial version of the Rocks Cluster Distribution for Linux users. The joint solution is fully certified as Intel® Cluster Ready and ships with Intel Cluster Checker preloaded and pre-tuned.

The Cray CX1 supercomputer is the "right size" in performance, functionality, and cost for individuals and departmental workgroups who want to harness high performance computing (HPC) without the complexity of traditional clusters. Priced from $25,000, the Cray CX1 is designed to be easy to purchase, deploy, operate and upgrade. Purpose-built for offices, laboratories and university departments, it is the world's highest-performing computer that uses standard office power.

"Cray is excited to combine the Cray CX1 with Rocks+," said Ian Miller, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Cray. "A principal goal for the Cray CX1 was to bring HPC to a wide range of new users by breaking new ground in affordability and adaptability. With Rocks+ and Intel Cluster Ready the Cray CX1 is simple to install, program and use with a broad array of applications from ISVs."

Intel Cluster Ready systems give users confidence that their cluster will work as it should, right away, so they can start solving new problems sooner and decrease total cost of ownership. Users benefit from a long list of registered Intel Cluster Ready applications, which run with ease, without interoperability issues.

"Intel collaborated closely with Cray and Clustercorp to put together a seamless Intel Cluster Ready solution," said Richard Dracott, Intel's general manager of High Performance Computing. "Intel Cluster Ready is the result of our vision of the need for simplicity to enable more organizations to adopt HPC. By simplifying the installation, deployment and supportability of clusters, we can broaden the scope of users who can take advantage of the inherent, proven benefits of HPC technologies."

Rocks+ is the commercial version of the Rocks Cluster Distribution -- an end-to-end HPCC software stack, which includes the operating system, cluster management middleware, libraries, and compilers; with enterprise class commercial support from Clustercorp, which was founded by the leaders in the Rocks community. Available Rocks+Rolls include the Intel® Roll, PGI® Roll, OFED Roll, TotalView® Roll and Moab® Roll (Rocks+MOAB). Clustercorp also supports open source Rolls including the Torque Roll and SGE (Sun Grid Engine) Roll.

"We are delighted to see Clustercorp and Cray collaborate on the Linux version of the Cray CX1," said Philip Papadopoulos, PhD, head of the Rocks project at the University of California, San Diego. "Cray has long been an innovator in our industry; it is exciting to see one of the original leaders in traditional supercomputing team up with one of the driving forces behind the Linux-based commodity cluster movement."

"Clustercorp is thrilled to add Rocks+ 5 to Cray's fervently watched Cray CX1 launch," said Tim McIntire, president and co-founder of Clustercorp. "The design foundations of the Cray CX1 -- including simplicity and repeatability -- line up perfectly with the principle goals behind Clustercorp's Rocks+ product line."

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Cray CX1 Supercomputer

The Cray CX1 product is an affordably-priced, deskside supercomputer. Easy to configure, deploy, administer and use, it is the "right size" in performance, functionality and cost for a wide range of users, from the single user who wants a personal supercomputer to a department of users as a shared clustered resource. Equipped with powerful Intel Xeon® processors and Windows® HPC Server 2008 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Clustercorp Rocks+, the Cray CX1 product offers performance leadership across a broad range of applications and standard benchmarks. For organizations wanting to harness HPC without the complexity of traditional clusters, the Cray CX1 supercomputer delivers the power of a high performance cluster with the ease-of-use and seamless integration of a workstation.

About Clustercorp

Clustercorp, a privately held corporation based in San Jose, California, was founded by core members of the Rocks community to provide commercial software, services, and support for the Rocks cluster distribution. Clustercorp's primary product line is the commercial version of Rocks called Rocks+, which includes Rocks+Support, Rocks+Rolls, and Rocks+Moab. More information can be found at or by calling (408) 694-3564.

Rocks+ includes software developed by the Rocks Cluster Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego and its contributors.

Rocks® is a registered trademark of the Regents of the University of California. Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray CX1 is a trademark of Cray Inc. Other product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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