Cray awarded contract from Sweden's KTH royal institute of technology

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Cray has announced it has been awarded a contract valued at more than $13 million to provide the PDC Center for High Performance Computing at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden with a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer.

The Cray system will be one of the first petascale supercomputers in Sweden and Scandinavia, and will allow Swedish researchers and industrial collaborators to run complex simulations in areas such as climate modeling, fluid dynamics, neuroscience, plasma physics, materials science and molecular simulation. The Center’s next-generation Cray XC system will also be available to researchers across Sweden and Europe via the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) and as a Tier-1 resource in the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) project.

“Ensuring our user community has the ability to apply highly-advanced supercomputing resources to support a wide array of computational research needs is a key focus for our organization,” said Prof. Dr. Erwin Laure, director of the PDC Center for High Performance Computing. “Our next-generation Cray XC supercomputer will be more than six times faster than our current flagship system, and will provide outstanding applications performance for scientific productivity.”

“The PDC Center for High Performance Computing is a highly-regarded research institution, and we are honored that, once again, a Cray supercomputer will provide researchers and scientists throughout Sweden and Europe with a powerful tool for solving grand challenges,” said Barry Bolding, vice president of marketing and business development at Cray. “We design our XC series of supercomputers to be powerful, reliable, efficient and able to perform at high levels on the most demanding real-world scientific applications. The world’s premier high performance datacenters, such as PDC/KTH, continue to turn to Cay supercomputers, and we are focused on providing this community with computational tools to meet their growing research needs.”

The Cray XC series of supercomputers are engineered to meet the performance challenges of today’s most demanding high performance computing (HPC) users. Special features of the Cray XC series of supercomputers include: the Aries system interconnect; a Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality constraints; innovative cooling systems to lower customers’ total cost of ownership; the next-generation of the scalable, high performance Cray Linux Environment supporting a wide range of applications; Cray’s HPC optimized programming environment, and the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types.

Consisting of products and services, the contract is valued at more than $13 million and the system is expected to be installed in 2014.

For more information on the Cray XC series of supercomputers  please visit the Cray website at