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Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) awards contract to Cray

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The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) has awarded Cray with a contract for a next-generation supercomputer code-named ‘Cascade’ and a next-generation Sonexion storage system. CSCS, the Swiss innovation driver in HPC, has a track record of acquiring very early versions of new generations of supercomputing architectures and for several years has worked with Cray to provide the Centre’s users with a broad array of cutting-edge HPC technologies.

The combination of Cascade and the Sonexion storage system will equip researchers and scientists in Switzerland with some of Cray’s most advanced solutions, while reinforcing the Centre’s mission of ensuring that the Swiss scientific and industrial communities have the supercomputing resources necessary to stay competitive on an international level. The Cascade system that will be delivered to CSCS will go into production in 2013 and is expected to deliver a peak performance of 750 TFlops. It will be located at CSCS’s new high-performance computing facility, which was recently inaugurated in Lugano, Switzerland, and represents the Centre’s first-step in a multi-year programme supporting the Swiss national strategy for HPC.

The Sonexion storage system brings together an integrated file system, software and storage offering that has been designed specifically for a wide-range of HPC workloads, providing users with an integrated, scalable storage solution that is easy to install and maintain. It combines powerful servers, the latest Lustre parallel file system and efficient management software into a modular and scalable storage product that is tested at scale and supported as a complete solution by Cray.