SOURCE: Cray Inc.
October 29, 2008 07:30 ET
CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, Upgrades Cray Supercomputer to One of Europe's Most Powerful
A Second Upgrade Under the PRACE Initiative Will Boost Peak Performance to 100 Teraflops
SEATTLE, WA and ESPOO, FINLAND--(Marketwire - October 29, 2008) - Global supercomputer leader
Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd, today
announced that CSC's Cray supercomputer has been upgraded to over 85
teraflops (trillions of floating point operations per second). This makes
the new Cray XT5 system at CSC the most powerful academic supercomputer in
the Nordic countries and one of the fastest supercomputers in Europe.
Later this year, a second upgrade funded under the EU's Partnership for
Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) initiative will boost the Cray
system's peak performance to 100 teraflops. PRACE, which already includes
16 nations, enables European scientists and engineers to access world-class
high performance computing resources. The 100 teraflops Cray supercomputer
will take one-thousandth of a second to solve a problem that ESKO, the
first Finnish academic computer, would have taken 50 years to solve a half
Nordic researchers will use the supercomputer to solve scientific and
engineering problems in a wide range of fields including turbulence and
climate change, energy research, materials science, and gene interactions
and medical research.
"The first upgrade of the Cray supercomputer ensures that Finnish
researchers and engineers will continue to have access to world-class
computing resources. The second, PRACE upgrade confirms CSC's strong
position and influence in building European co-operation," said Kimmo
Koski, managing director of CSC. "This powerful resource strengthens
Finland's position as an attractive environment for world-class research."
"We are delighted that CSC Finland's user community and PRACE users will
have access to Cray's newest supercomputer technology," said Ulla Thiel,
vice president of Cray Europe. "As one of the most prominent supercomputing
centers in Europe with a broad range of computational scientific
disciplines, CSC is in an excellent position to maximize the advantages of
our system in doing large scale capability computing in a production
supercomputer environment and in solving the most demanding scientific
CSC and Cray Inc. will arrange a workshop on porting and optimizing
programs for the Cray XT4/XT5 architecture on November 3-6, 2008. For more
information, go to
CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd., is a non-profit limited company
administered by the Finnish Ministry of Education. Having core competences
in modeling, computing and information services, CSC provides versatile IT
services, support and resources for academia, research institutes, and
companies. CSC provides Finland's widest selection of scientific software
and databases and Finland's most powerful supercomputers that researchers
can use via the Funet network.
About Cray Inc.
As a global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides highly advanced
supercomputers and world-class services and support to government, industry
and academia. Cray technology enables scientists and engineers to achieve
remarkable breakthroughs by accelerating performance, improving efficiency
and extending the capabilities of their most demanding applications. Cray's
Adaptive Supercomputing vision will result in innovative next-generation
products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified
architecture, allowing customers to surpass today's limitations and meeting
the market's continued demand for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com
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factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ materially from
those anticipated by the statements above. Among these are the technical
challenges of developing high-performance computing systems, including
potential delays in hardware and software development projects; Cray's
ability to scale the system to the targeted level of performance; reliance
on third-party suppliers, including delays in availability of qualified
parts from suppliers; and successful passing of acceptance tests. For a
discussion of these and other risks, see "Risk Factors" in Cray's most
recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.
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