With prices starting at $500,000, the Cray XC30-AC (air cooled) supercomputer economizes the packaging, networking, cooling and power options of the Cray XC30 system to provide customers with the optimal balance of features and footprint that matches their unique price/performance requirements. The Cray XC30-AC enables technical enterprise HPC users in fields such as manufacturing, life sciences, financial services and energy to apply supercomputing resources towards solving the growing technical and business challenges that can only be addressed with high-end HPC technology.
"Innovation is not limited to Fortune 100 companies. There are many Fortune 1000 companies, and even departments within Fortune 100 companies, with a growing need for a supercomputing system that provides a critical tool for taking advantage of performing complex simulations", stated Peg Williams, Cray's senior vice president of high performance computing systems. "With all of the features and functionality of our high-end Cray XC30 systems, our new Cray XC30-AC supercomputer is perfectly suited for technical enterprise customers, giving them the ability to leverage all of the world-class computational resources of a Cray supercomputer at much lower starting price points."
The Cray XC30-AC is not the only Cray solution for technical enterprise customers. The company's line of industry-standard cluster supercomputer offerings, the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputers, complements the Cray XC30-AC systems and gives customers the ability to choose a Cray solution that best fits the needs of their applications. With Cray XC30-AC and Cray CS300 systems, Cray's portfolio of supercomputers now spans a broad spectrum of customer needs, application performance, price performance and flexibility.
"Cray has a history of leveraging the supercomputing technologies featured in their high-end systems, and economically repackaging those same technologies to offer solutions to fit the needs of HPC users with smaller budgets", stated Earl Joseph, IDC programme vice president for HPC. "Simulation is no longer bound by the high-end data center, and Cray's new XC30-AC system continues the company's tradition of creating purpose-built systems that appeal to new customers in expanding segments of the supercomputing market."
Early customers for the new Cray XC30-AC system include a global consumer electronics company and a global financial services company - commercial organizations that are not considered as traditional Cray customers. The Cray XC30-AC supercomputer is not only targeted at new customers in less-traditional HPC segments, but also at a broader class of users in more traditional HPC markets, such as academia, defense and earth sciences - organisations that need the productivity, reliability and resiliency of a high-end supercomputer, but in a smaller package and at a lower total cost of ownership.
The Cray XC30-AC supercomputer features the same key traits of the Cray XC30 system - Adaptive Supercomputing, scalable performance and tight system-level integration. Both supercomputing solutions feature the Aries system interconnect; a Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality constraints; the next-generation of the scalable, high performance Cray Linux Environment that also supports a wide range of ISV applications; Cray's HPC optimized programming environment; and the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types, including Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, and NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators.
The key differentiator between the two products is the economized packaging, networking, cooling and power options. The Cray XC30-AC system features:
Additional information on the Cray XC30 and the Cray XC30-AC supercomputers can be found on the Cray XC30 systems page on the Cray website.