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Cray Inc.

October 02, 2013 16:05 ET

Cray to Install a Liquid-Cooled Cray CS300 Cluster Supercomputer at Mississippi State University

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Oct 2, 2013) - Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced it has been awarded a contract to provide Mississippi State University with a Cray® CS300-LC™ system -- a liquid-cooled version of the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer. The new Cray system, nicknamed "Shadow," will be located at the University's High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²), and will serve as the primary high performance computing system for shared research.

The HPC² at Mississippi State University supports a coalition of member centers and groups that are focused on multidisciplinary, team-research activities, and share a common core objective of advancing the state-of-the-art in computational science and engineering using high performance computing. This effort spans a wide range of application disciplines, and several of the member centers have extensive physical and experimental modeling and analysis capabilities to complement their computational efforts. The HPC² member centers and institutes include:

  • Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
  • Center for Battlefield Innovation
  • Center for Computational Sciences
  • Geosystems Research Institute
  • Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology
  • Northern Gulf Institute

"Our mission is to serve the University, State and Nation through excellence in computational science and engineering, and we are pleased to have the resources of a Cray supercomputer to support our efforts," said Trey Breckenridge, director of high performance computing at Mississippi State. "With the Cray CS300 system and its advanced liquid-cooling architecture, we will provide our vast user community with a cost-effective and energy-efficient high performance computing system that is also a powerful and technologically-advanced tool for scientific research."

The Cray CS300-LC system features an innovative, liquid-cooled design that uses warm water heat exchangers instead of chillers to directly cool the compute processors and memory, allowing for a more efficient removal of system heat. Designed for three times the energy savings per-rack over air-cooled systems, the Cray CS300-LC uses less energy, features a lower total-cost-of-ownership, and gives customers the ability to realize a faster return-on-investment.

"The HPC² at Mississippi State University is a diverse coalition of members with a wide array of high performance computing needs and applications, and we are honored that a Cray CS300-LC cluster supercomputer is the solution they selected to conduct their scientific research," said Daniel Kim, senior vice president and general manager of cluster solutions at Cray.

Mississippi State University's 322-teraflop Cray CS300-LC cluster supercomputer will include new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 processors (formerly code named "Ivy Bridge") and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. The system is expected to be delivered later this year.

The Cray CS300 series of cluster supercomputers are scalable, cluster solutions that group optimized, industry-standard building block server platforms into a unified, fully-integrated system. Available with air or liquid-cooled architectures, Cray CS300 systems provide superior price/performance, energy efficiency and configuration flexibility. The systems are integrated with Cray's HPC software stack and include software tools compatible with most open source and commercial compilers, schedulers, and libraries. Cray CS300 systems also feature the Cray Advanced Cluster Engine, an essential management software suite designed to provide network, server, cluster and storage management capabilities that are necessary to run large, complex technical applications.

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About Mississippi State University
Among the nation's leading major research universities, Mississippi State has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as "a very high research activity university," which represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting universities in the U.S. Mississippi State is the only school in the state with the distinction, and one of only 108 nationwide. MSU's research expenditures totaled $233 million in 2012. Discover more at

About Cray Inc.
Global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) provides innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists and engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging 40 years of experience in developing and servicing the world's most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers and Big Data storage and analytics solutions delivering unrivaled performance, efficiency and scalability. Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision is focused on delivering innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to meet the market's continued demand for realized performance. Go to for more information.

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