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Cray Launches Next-Generation Supercomputer

14 November 2016

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. has launched the Cray® XC50™ supercomputer—reportedly the company’s fastest supercomputer ever with a peak performance of one petaflop in a single cabinet.
The Cray XC50™ supercomputer is engineered to address the broad application performance challenges of today’s most demanding high- performance computing (HPC) users. Special features of the Cray XC50™ supercomputer include:

  • Aries network interconnect, which is designed specifically to meet the performance requirements seen in today’s emerging class of data center GPU-accelerated applications, where high node-to-node communication performance is critical;
  • A Dragonfly network topology tightly integrated with Aries that reduces communication latency for scale-out applications that rely heavily on the Message Passing Interface;
  • Optional SSD-enabled DataWarp™ I/O accelerator technology, enabling software-defined provisioning of application data for improved performance;
  • Next generation of the high-performance and tightly integrated Cray Linux Environment that supports a wide range of applications;
  • Image-based systems management for easy upgrades, less downtime and field-tested, large-scale system deployment;
  • Enhancements to Cray’s HPC-optimized programming environment for improved performance and programmability of GPU environments;
  • Support for the NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPU accelerator as well as support for next-generation Intel® Xeon® and Intel Xeon Phi™ processors.


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