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Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility


25 Jul 2013 Reading - Cray has been awarded a $30 million contract from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to deliver a Cray XC30 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as part of the ARCHER project.

ARCHER is the next generation of a national high performance computing (HPC) facility in the UK, and is the follow-on to the High-End Computing Terascale Resource (HECToR) project. The new Cray XC30 supercomputer will provide nearly four times the scientific throughput of its predecessor, HECToR, which is a Cray XE6 supercomputer. It will also be an essential system for scientists in the UK, in particular those funded by EPSRC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

"One of our primary goals is to increase the ability of UK researchers to make valuable contributions to the solution of important, grand-challenge problems, and the Cray XC30 supercomputer will be a powerful tool in support of these efforts", stated Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive EPSRC. "The ARCHER project advances HECToR's initiatives to assemble the computational resources necessary for breakthrough research in a broad range of disciplines, and we are pleased that Cray will continue to be a strategic partner for UK research."

The ARCHER project is focused on an overall vision to build on the existing investments in national HPC facilities so that the UK is a recognized leader on the international scene for computational science and engineering. The project provisions high-end computing resources for use in a wide range of scientific and academic research in fields such as climate, oceanography, life sciences, aerospace, and many others.

"The HECToR and ARCHER programs are the premier supercomputing facilities in the UK and widely respected across Europe, and we are honoured that EPSRC will once again provide researchers and scientists with a world-class supercomputer from Cray that is highly scalable, energy efficient and reliable", stated Dr. Ulla Thiel, Cray vice president, Europe. "We are very pleased to continue our collaboration and joint research initiatives with our partner institutions in the UK."

Previously code-named "Cascade", the Cray XC30 supercomputer is Cray's most advanced HPC system and is engineered to meet the performance challenges of HPC users. The Cray XC30 supercomputer features the Aries system interconnect; a Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality constraints; an innovative cooling system that utilizes a transverse airflow to lower customers' total cost of ownership; 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 Cray scalable storage solution to be deployed at the University of Edinburgh includes the Cray Sonexion scale-out Lustre system. The solution includes nearly five petabytes of capacity and 100 gigabytes per-second of applications performance. Cray Sonexion vastly reduces deployment time and simplifies Lustre for petascale solutions. Cray Sonexion provides performance scalability from five gigabytes per-second to one terabyte per-second in a single file system - and performs optimally at scale. Management is simplified through component reduction, by over 50 percent for petascale systems.

Consisting of products and multi-year services, the contract is valued at approximately $30 million in total revenue and the system is expected to be delivered and put into production in 2013.
Source: Cray

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Primeur weekly 2013-07-30

Special

When it comes to memory, bioinformatics is a hungry wolf ...

The Cloud

IBM boosts zEnterprise mainframe portfolio to help clients build better customer experiences ...

CA releases mainframe performance enhancement innovations ...

Desktop Grids

Supercomputer created on the cheap ...

Want to help cure disease or discover new stars? Now you can, using your smartphone ...

Miron Livny earns distributed computing award ...

New app puts idle smartphones to work for science ...

EuroFlash

Customer validation achieved for Genalice map ...

e-IRG's White Paper 2013 published: Europe needs a e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Barco and projectiondesign deliver next-generation projection innovation for theme parks at EAS 2013 ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility ...

PRACE launches pilot of high performance computing adoption programme for European SMEs ...

Iberdrola and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center develop the Sedar project ...

HOST project to organize workshop for scientific problems ...

Teenagers use supercomputing to design future aircraft with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

First Mira runs break new ground with turbulence simulations ...

NVIDIA pushes further into high performance computing with Portland Group acquisition ...

Parallella is shipped to early Kickstarter backers ...

OpenMP 4.0 API specification is released with significant new standard features ...

Studies suggest new key to switching off hypertension ...

Planned Systems International marks 25 years of excellence in technology and service ...

OSC OnDemand gives computational researchers innovative web interface to HPC systems ...

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a Big Data approach to personalized health care ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades its Powerwall Theater with Christie visualization projection system ...

HP and NEC expand enterprise computing alliance to deliver increased reliability and innovation to customers ...

MoSQuIT bags mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 ...

Intel aims to re-architect data centres to meet demand for new services ...