14 Nov 2016 Seattle, Salt Lake City - At the 2016 Supercomputing Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cray Inc. has launched the Cray XC50 supercomputer - the company's fastest supercomputer ever with a peak performance of one petaflop in a single cabinet.
The Cray XC50 supercomputer is engineered to address the broad application performance challenges of today's most demanding high performance computing (HPC) users. Special features of the Cray XC50 supercomputer include:
"Supercomputing applications are evolving to include more deep learning algorithms, and with this evolution, the uses for GPUs in our systems are increasing, enabling our customers to use new analytics techniques to gain insight from increasingly large and complex data", stated Ryan Waite, Cray's senior vice president of products. "The new Cray XC50 system represents a major advancement in our supercomputing capabilities. It provides the highest performance density of any Cray supercomputer, and gives customers the computational resources they need to take on larger, more complex workloads, as well as the next generation of scientific challenges."
Located in Lugano, Switzerland, CSCS is currently upgrading its Cray XC30 supercomputer nick-named "Piz Daint" to a Cray XC50 system, and will combine it with the Centre's Cray XC40 supercomputer nick-named "Piz Dora". Once completed, the combined system will adopt the Piz Daint name and will be one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.
"Our new Cray XC50 supercomputer will significantly accelerate our computational research capabilities allowing our users to perform more advanced, data-intensive simulations, visualizations and data analyses across a wide array of scientific studies", stated Prof. Dr. Thomas C. Shulthess, director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). "Cray's next-generation supercomputer and its continued integration of GPU acceleration has created a powerful and efficient hybrid multi-core system for addressing our current and future HPC workloads."