Japanese technical research institute deploys Cray supercomputers

The Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan has put a Cray XC30-AC supercomputer, a Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system into production. Researchers and engineers at RTRI combined the CS300 and the XC30-AC into one virtual system that has a peak performance of more than 100 teraflops. The Sonexion scale-out Lustre system includes 220 terabytes of capacity and 10 gigabytes per-second of applications performance.

RTRI’s new Cray XC30-AC supercomputer is the Institute’s primary high-performance computing system, and is providing its researchers and engineers with a powerful tool for running advanced supercomputer-based simulations aimed at advancing railway technologies. The Cray CS300 system functions as a general-purpose applications server for the Institute.

‘High-performance computing is a critical element of our R&D initiatives, and after a series of reviews to determine the next-generation supercomputing solution to be the successor to our current system, we once again turned to Cray,’ said Hideyuki Takai, executive director of RTRI. ‘The flexibility, reliability, scalability and power efficiency of the Cray supercomputing systems played an important role in our decision, and we are pleased that our researchers and engineers will continue to have the computational tools necessary for performing our daily R&D activities.’

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