Cray To Offer Supercomputers With Dual-Core
AMD Opteron™ Processors
Breakthrough 64-Bit Technology Doubles Processing Power and Density, Enhances Price/Performance
SEATTLE, WA --
Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq NM: CRAY) today announced that Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processors will be available as an option on Cray XD1™ supercomputers in July 2005, and on Cray XT3™ supercomputers later in 2005. AMD’s (NYSE: AMD) cutting-edge 32- and 64-bit dual-core technology fits two processor cores on a single die, giving users of these Cray systems double the processing capacity in the same amount of space with minimal increases in power consumption and heat levels.
Direct-connect system architectures of the Cray XD1 system and the Cray XT3 system speed high-performance computing (HPC) applications by directly linking processors, memory and I/O resources instead of using a conventional PCI bus. These architectures ensure that sophisticated software can take full advantage of all the available processing power as more processors are added to the system.
“With our strong collaboration with AMD, we have already performed successful early testing of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors on the Cray XD1 system on a range of applications and are excited to be rolling them out to our customers,” said Cray president Peter Ungaro. “All of our Cray supercomputers, including the Cray XD1 and Cray XT3 systems, were designed to accommodate higher density dual-core processors in order to leverage our customers’ investment in these systems. As a result, customers who choose the dual-core option will enjoy improved price/performance, while continuing to see exceptional sustained application performance without the need to modify their applications.”
“Cray has helped prepare the way for the next stage in processor evolution by designing the Cray XD1 and the Cray XT3 supercomputers to take advantage of Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor performance,” said Ben Williams, vice president of Commercial and Server/Workstation business at AMD. “As dual-core AMD64 technology is also based on AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture, it continues to eliminate processor, memory and I/O bottlenecks, while enhancing overall performance for HPC applications.”
Dual-core processors allow Cray to achieve very high density in both the Cray XD1 and Cray XT3 supercomputers. One Cray XD1 cabinet provides 288 AMD Opteron 200 Series processor cores, boosting its computing capability from the 744 gigaflops (744 billion calculations per second) available with single-core processors to more than 1.2 teraflops. The Cray XT3 supercomputer, based on the Sandia Red Storm massively parallel processor (MPP) system design, can operate with more than 60,000 processor cores—delivering up to 269 teraflops (269 trillion FLOPS), an increase of 109 teraflops over single-core devices. The 10,000 processor Cray XT3 supercomputer installed at Sandia National Laboratories is the largest Opteron processor-based system in the world.
About the Cray XD1 Supercomputer
The Cray XD1 supercomputer combines direct-connect system architecture, HPC-optimized Linux, management and reconfigurable computing technologies to deliver industry leading performance on real-world applications. Purpose-built for demanding high-performance computing (HPC) applications used in areas such as computational chemistry, environmental forecasting and computer-aided engineering, the Cray XD1 system lets users simulate, analyze and solve complex problems more quickly and accurately. The x86-based Cray XD1 system supports a broad range of 32- and 64-bit HPC applications on AMD Opteron single- or dual-core processors.
About the Cray XT3 Supercomputer
The Cray XT3 Supercomputer is the third generation massively parallel processor (MPP) system from Cray—purpose-built to offer scientists and engineers a high performance computing system that delivers exceptional sustained application performance to handle their most challenging problems. The Cray XT3 supercomputer’s high speed 3D torus interconnect, x86 64-bit AMD Opteron™ processors, high speed global I/O, and advanced MPP operating system ensure that applications scale steadily from 200 to more than 30,000 processors without performance losses from communications bottlenecks, asynchronous processing, or memory access delays.
About Cray Inc.
As the global leader in HPC, Cray provides innovative supercomputing systems that enable scientists and engineers in government, industry and academia to meet both existing and future computational challenges. Building on years of experience in designing, developing, marketing and servicing the world's most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of HPC systems that deliver unrivaled sustained performance on a wide range of applications. Go to www.cray.com
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Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain factors that could cause Cray’s execution plans to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements above. These include reliance on third-party suppliers, the technical challenges of developing high performance computing systems including stable system software, government support for and timing of supercomputer systems purchases, the successful porting of application programs to Cray computer systems, Cray's ability to keep up with rapid technological change and Cray's ability to compete against larger, more established companies and innovative competitors. For a discussion of these and other risks, see "Factors That Could affect Future Results" in Cray's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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