SOURCE: Cray Inc.

July 10, 2007 08:51 ET

Upgradable Architecture Enables Two Cray Supercomputers to Surpass the 100 Teraflops Mark

Cray's XT-Based Systems Feature a Scalable, Upgradable Architecture to Meet Massive Computational Demands While Leveraging Customer Investments

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that two Cray supercomputers are now in an elite group of systems that can perform computations at more than 100 teraflops (100 trillion floating point operations per second), as measured by the industry-standard TOP500 benchmark. The Cray systems, one installed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the other at Sandia National Laboratories, are now two of the three fastest computers in the world. They are built on a Cray XT™ infrastructure that enables Cray customers to upgrade to increasingly higher performance levels, instead of forcing them to invest in an entirely new system.

The Cray XT4™ supercomputer at the Department of Energy's ORNL, nicknamed Jaguar, is the world's most powerful system dedicated to open science. ORNL completed an upgrade to its existing Cray XT system earlier this year that more than doubled its performance to over 100 teraflops. When running the nuclear fusion application AORSA, the ORNL system achieved an impressive 74 percent of the system's theoretical peak, an efficiency level that usually can be attained only when performing "artificial" benchmark tests. The system has at least one more major upgrade in its future that will double its performance once again.

The Cray XT3™ supercomputer at Sandia, known as Red Storm, was developed jointly by Cray and Sandia, a part of the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. The system operates in a dual network environment that allows for both classified and unclassified work. Sandia upgraded Red Storm late last year to three times its original performance level, boosting its performance to more than 100 teraflops.

"We want to thank and congratulate both Oak Ridge and Sandia for their achievement in reaching this impressive performance milestone," said Cray President and CEO Peter Ungaro.

"Typical Linux clusters can't scale to these performance levels, especially on real-world applications," continued Ungaro. "And other custom systems are based on special microprocessors and packaging technologies that cannot cost-effectively be upgraded to take advantage of new technologies. The Cray XT design combines AMD Opteron™ processors and a custom Cray SeaStar™ network to provide unparalleled scalability and upgradeability. This allows our customers to leverage their investment in both hardware and software by increasing the size and capabilities of their existing supercomputers as the technology advances, rather than having to purchase a new system. It's a big total cost of ownership (TCO) win for them. In fact, perhaps the best proof point of this TCO advantage is that more than 75% of our XT customers have upgraded their initial Cray system."

About the Cray XT4 Supercomputer

Building on the success of the Cray XT3 system, the Cray XT4 is a massively parallel processor supercomputer purpose-built to deliver exceptional sustained application performance for challenging scientific and engineering problems. The supercomputer's high-speed 3D torus interconnect, advanced MPP operating system and high-speed global input/output make it possible for users to scale applications from 200 to more than 30,000 processors without performance loss. The system's scalable processing element uses x86 64-bit AMD Opteron single- or dual-core processors that employ HyperTransport™ technology to increase bandwidth and reduce latency. Go to for more information.

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 for more information.

Cray is a registered trademark, and Cray XT4, Cray XT, Cray XT3 and Cray SeaStar are trademarks of Cray Inc. Opteron is a trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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