Japan Advanced Institute Of Science And Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production

Global supercomputer leader Cray has announced the Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST) has put a Cray XC40 supercomputer into production. JAIST, a postgraduate university located in Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan and one of the country’s premier academic research centres, is using its new Cray XC40 system as it primary supercomputing resource supporting computational research across the University.

The three-cabinet Cray XC40 supercomputer is the latest in a long history of Cray systems used to advance scientific research at JAIST. Previous Cray supercomputers at JAIST have included the Cray T3E, Cray XT3, and Cray XC30 systems. In addition to powering data-intensive research in a wide array of scientific disciplines at JAIST, the new Cray XC40 supercomputer will also help speed advancements in the development of new algorithms for highly-parallel computers and will perform large-scale simulations in nanotechnology and biomechanics.

‘JAIST is committed to conducting world-class research activities that leverage the abilities of our highly-skilled faculty members and students, our advanced research facilities, and cutting-edge technologies, and Cray supercomputers continue to play a vital role in our efforts,’ said Yasushi Inoguchi, Professor of the Research Center for Advanced Computing Infrastructure, JAIST. ‘Our new Cray XC40 supercomputer will support our mission of becoming a premier centre of excellence in education and research.’

‘Cray has enjoyed a long, collaborative partnership with JAIST, and we continue to take great pride in providing the University’s user community with advanced supercomputing technologies for achieving breakthrough results,’ said Mamoru Nakano, president of Cray Japan. ‘The addition of this new Cray system at the JAIST is another example of our continued drive to expand our presence in Japan.’

The Cray XC series of supercomputers are designed to handle the most challenging workloads requiring sustained multi-petaflop performance. The Cray XC40 supercomputers incorporate the Aries high performance network interconnect for low latency and scalable global bandwidth, as well as the latest Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi processors, and NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators. The Cray XC supercomputers deliver on Cray’s commitment to performance supercomputing with an architecture and software environment that provides extreme scalability and sustained performance.


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