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Cray wins contract for Chinese hospital

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Cray has been awarded a contract to provide the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital (HKSH) with a Cray XC30 supercomputer – the first XC30 system in China. One of the largest private hospitals in Hong Kong, HKSH will use its Cray XC30 system to further medical research in the areas of bioinformatics and next generation sequencing (NGS).

The Cray life sciences and performance teams worked closely with the HPC team at HKSH to understand the unique application requirements and help optimise codes and performance metrics. 

Previously code-named ‘Cascade,’ the Cray XC30 supercomputers are Cray’s most advanced HPC systems and engineered to meet the performance challenges of today’s HPC users. Special features of the Cray XC30 and Cray XC30-AC supercomputers include: the Aries system interconnect; a Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality constraints; innovative cooling systems; the next-generation of the scalable, high performance Cray Linux Environment; Cray’s HPC optimised programming environment, and the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types.

‘Recent progress in DNA sequencing technology has yielded a new class of devices that allow for the analysis of genetic material with unprecedented speed and efficiency, and this next-generation technology combined with the state-of-the-art supercomputing capabilities of the Cray XC30 system will be a powerful resource for HKSH,’ said Andrew Wyatt, Cray vice president, APMEA.

The Cray XC30 system is expected to be delivered and installed at HKSH in 2014.