"This is an exciting announcement for us, and for our customers, as it proves that we remain committed to our vision of integrating a range of advanced processing technologies into a single, scalable architecture", stated Peg Williams, Cray's senior vice president of high performance computing systems. "Adaptive Supercomputing is about building a robust hardware and software environment that ultimately supports giving our customers choices. Adding the NVIDIA Tesla Kepler-based GPUs, which are designed for computationally intensive HPC environments, into future versions of our Cascade system will give our customers the flexibility to choose from a variety of powerful accelerator options."
In June, Cray announced that the Cascade supercomputer will be available with the new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. With these new offerings, Cray customers will be able to customize a Cascade supercomputer with innovative processor technologies that best meets the high performance computing (HPC) needs of their scientific applications. NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors will be available in future versions of Cray's Cascade supercomputer.
Cray's Cascade supercomputer, which is expected to be widely available in 2013, is the next step in Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision. The system will feature major advancements to the Cray Linux Environment, Cray's HPC-optimized programming environment, and the next-generation Aries interconnect chipset. Cascade will also feature support for Intel Xeon processors - a first for Cray's high-end systems.
"Cascade will be the first system to combine three key technologies: the latest Intel Xeon CPUs, Cray's next-generation Aries system interconnect, and new Tesla Kepler-based GPUs, the highest performance, most energy-efficient accelerators ever built", stated Sumit Gupta, senior director of the Tesla business unit at NVIDIA. "This combination enables applications to scale to tens of thousands of CPU-GPU nodes to solve the world's most complex scientific computing problems."
A number of leading HPC centres around the world have already signed contracts to purchase Cascade systems: