Cray has launched its next-generation high-end supercomputing system, the XC30. Previously code-named 'Cascade', the Cray XC30 supercomputer is what the company describes as its most advanced high-performance computing (HPC) system ever built. Combining the new Aries interconnect, the Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 product family, Cray’s fully-integrated software environment and innovative power and cooling technologies, the XC30 is designed to scale HPC workloads of more than 100 petaflops.

Several leading HPC centres have signed contracts to purchase XC30 supercomputers, including: the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland; the Pawsey Centre in Perth, Australia; the Finnish IT Center for Science (CSC); the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC); and the University of Stuttgart’s High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany.

Early shipments of the Cray XC30 are starting now and systems are expected to be widely available in first quarter of 2013. Future versions of the XC family of supercomputers will be available with the new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and Nvidia Tesla GPUs based on the next-generation Nvidia Kepler GPU computing architecture.


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