Cray XC30 and CS300 with Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2

Cray has announced that its XC30 series of supercomputers and the Cray CS300 line of cluster supercomputers are now available with the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family, formerly code named ‘Ivy Bridge’. With additional cores per processor, improved energy efficiency and greater performance, the new Intel Xeon processors will be featured across the complete line of Cray XC30 and Cray CS300 products, including both air- and liquid-cooled models.

‘The new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family is optimised for an extremely diverse set of workloads that are representative of what drives the world’s leading high-performance computing facilities,’ said Shannon Poulin, vice president of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, and general manager of the Datacenter Marketing Group. ‘The Cray XC30 supercomputers and Cray CS300 line of cluster systems feature highly innovative supercomputing technologies. The combination of Cray systems and Intel processors will provide researchers and engineers across various scientific fields with powerful computational tools for solving grand challenges.’

Previously code-named ‘Cascade’, the Cray XC30 supercomputers are Cray’s most advanced HPC systems. The XC30 and XC30-AC supercomputers feature 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 independent software vendor (ISV) applications; Cray’s HPC optimised programming environment; and the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types, including Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, and Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators.

The Cray CS300 series of cluster supercomputers are scalable cluster solutions that group optimised, industry-standard building block server platforms into a unified, fully-integrated system. Available with air- or liquid-cooled architectures, the CS300 systems provide price/performance, energy efficiency and configuration flexibility. The systems are integrated with Cray’s HPC software stack and include software tools compatible with most open source and commercial compilers, schedulers, and libraries. The CS300 systems also feature the Cray Advanced Cluster Engine, a management software suite designed to provide network, server, cluster and storage management capabilities that are necessary to run large, complex technical applications.

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