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Cray unveils 'cash-for-clusters' buy-back programme

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Cray has announced its own take on the US government’s recent 'cash-for-clunkers' programme by launching a new buy-back programme for installed or used clusters or workstations. Cray’s 'cash-for-clusters' programme allows workstation and cluster users to trade in their current systems for credit towards the purchase of a new Cray supercomputer.

'With a nod to the popular "cash-for-clunkers" auto programme, our "cash-for-clusters" buy-back programme gives workstation and cluster users a financial incentive to free themselves of their outdated systems,' said Ian Miller, senior vice president of the productivity solutions group and marketing at Cray. 'Simply give us your old workstations and clusters from any vendor, such as SGI, HP, Sun, IBM, Appro and Verari Systems and we will give you top dollar as a trade-in towards the purchase of a new Cray supercomputer – it’s as easy as that.'

Participants in the programme can apply their trade-in credits towards the latest in high performance computing systems from Cray, including the Cray CX1 deskside system, the CrayXT6m midrange system and the industry-leading petascale Cray XT6 supercomputer. To qualify for the programme, the trade-in system must be a cluster or high-end workstation between two and four years old, have been under a continual maintenance agreement since original delivery and still be in working order.