SOURCE: Cray Inc.

November 14, 2006 07:30 ET

Cray Launches Two New Supercomputers and Spotlights Breakthrough Technologies at SC06 Conference

HPCwire Awards Cray Its Editors' Choice Award as Top HPC Vendor

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that it is debuting two new supercomputer systems at the international SC06 conference convening today through November 17 in Tampa, Florida. The company is exhibiting its high performance computing (HPC) technologies at the conference and is scheduled to participate in sessions that focus on petascale-level supercomputing, multicore processors, application scalability, interconnect capacity and other issues critical to HPC users and integral to Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision.

At the start of the SC06 conference, HPCwire announced that Cray has won its Editors' Choice Award as Top HPC Vendor for 2006. The Editors' Choice Award is determined by votes of an advisory group and alumni panel of recognized luminaries, contributors and editors associated with HPCwire, a leading source of news and information about the global HPC industry.

"SC06 offers us a great opportunity to highlight our new supercomputers and the breakthrough technologies behind Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision," said Cray president and CEO Peter Ungaro. "On behalf of the innovative employees at Cray, we are proud to accept the HPCwire award as 'Top HPC Vendor.' It is a testament to the leadership-class supercomputing products we are bringing to the market and the breakthrough science and engineering that our customers are accomplishing with their Cray systems."

The newly launched Cray XT4™ supercomputer (formerly known as "Hood") and the Cray XMT™ massively multithreaded system ("Eldorado") are both part of Cray's Rainier program, the initial phase of the company's Adaptive Supercomputing vision that will bring all Cray's processing technologies together onto a common infrastructure. The Cray XT™ infrastructure provides a common user environment for login, compilation and running scripts, a common resource manager and work scheduler, a unique high-performance parallel file system and various intersystem interfaces.

The commercially available Cray XT4 supercomputer is Cray's next-generation scalable massively parallel processing (MPP) system. Featuring the latest generation of AMD Opteron dual-core processors, along with expanded memory and communication capacity, the system was designed to scale beyond a petaflop (1,000 trillion floating point operations per second) performance. The company has already announced large Cray XT4 orders from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center and CSC Finland.

The new Cray XMT supercomputer, developed with a government partner, is a massively multithreaded processing platform that can deliver over one million concurrent processing threads in one system. The Cray XMT platform will be offered to commercial markets through strategic partners.

Cray Participation in SC06 Sessions

Cray is participating in several conference events, including:

--  High productivity computing panel -- Cray Chief Technology Officer
    Steve Scott and other panelists will discuss the challenges of increasing
    peak performance in high performance computers to petascale levels. The new
    Cray XT4 supercomputer announced at SC06 is architected to achieve
    petascale performance when upgraded to quad-core processors in the future.
    (Nov. 15, 1:30-3:00 pm)
    
--  Multicore processing panel -- Steve Scott will join other experts to
    discuss the dramatic trend toward multicore technologies in HPC systems and
    prospects for multicore innovations over the next decade. Cray's XT
    infrastructure uses multicore processors to increase performance without
    driving up power consumption and design complexity. (Nov. 17, 10:30 am-
    12:00 pm)
    
--  Performance measurement and analysis tutorial -- Cray Director of
    Programming Environments Luiz DeRose and Bernd Mohr of Research Centre
    Juelich will discuss methods and techniques for performance measurement and
    analysis, including techniques for measuring the performance of parallel
    applications. (Nov. 12, 1:30-5:00 pm)
    
--  Extreme application scalability session -- Cray Center of Excellence
    Director John Levesque will conduct a "birds of a feather" session on
    understanding and overcoming the roadblocks to scaling real-world
    applications to thousands of processors. (Nov. 15, 12:15-1:15 pm)
    
--  Interconnect routing and scheduling paper -- Dennis Abts, Cray senior
    principal engineer-hardware architecture, William Dally, chairman of the
    Stanford University Computer Science department, and John Kim, a Stanford
    student, will deliver a paper they co-authored that examines HPC adaptive
    routing techniques. Cray makes use of an advanced routing chip and high-
    speed interconnect to accelerate communications among the processors in the
    Cray XT infrastructure. (Nov. 14, 3:30-4:00 pm)
    
Go to the SC06 website at http://sc06.supercomputing.org for more information about the conference. Cray's exhibit at SC06 is located in booth #1515.

About Cray Inc.

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