One product. Three architectures. You really can have it all…

March 25th, 2010 5:49 pm
Posted by Ian Miller
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Whoever said you can’t have your cake and eat it too hasn’t met the Cray CX1000 supercomputer. Brought to you by Cray’s Productivity Solutions Group (the folks who brought you the Cray CX1 deskside supercomputer), the Cray CX1000 series introduces the idea of high(brid) performance computing. This concept delivers high performance computing (HPC) on your terms – allowing you to select the HPC architecture that best suits the problem you’re trying to solve.

Each of the Cray CX1000's technologies is best-of-class and can be mixed and matched in a single rack – creating a customized hybrid computing platform to meet a variety of scientific workloads.

It's like you can finally get that square peg through the round hole.

Check out the options:
The CX1000-C offers scale-out computing, offering 18 nodes of dual-socket Intel Xeon 5600 processing in a 7U form factor, including a 36 port QDR IB switch and a 24 port Ethernet switch.

The CX1000-G offers scale-through (GPU) computing, offering nine nodes of dual socket Intel Xeon 5600 computing, accelerated by dual NVIDIA Tesla sockets, with the same switches as above.

The CX1000-S offers scale-up computing with SMP nodes built on Intel’s QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology offering “fat memory” nodes.

The Genesis of the CX1000
The Cray CX1 system was designed to take Cray’s heritage in supercomputing and make that experience available to users with supercomputing needs – but without big research lab budgets. This $15-100K class of user told us they wanted accessible, easy-to-implement HPC. And we responded with the CX1 deskside supercomputer – our first product brought to you in partnership with Intel.

With the power of HPC now in hand, our new worldwide network of users and resellers started reporting back. They wanted Cray to expand the product family such that the CX1 system’s benefits – ease of use, seamless integration – could be extended to more powerful implementations.

We bit.

We’re very pleased to announce the CX1000 series – a product that builds on the CX1 story, but takes it up to 10 Teraflops and beyond. Starting at under $100K, the CX1000 gives users high(brid) performance computing in both software and hardware. The Cray CX1000 series offers the three most important HPC architectures of the next decade – scale out, scale through and scale up. And it also allows you to select from the widest range of industry-standard HPC software through full support of Windows HPC Server 2008, Linux or dual-boot configurations.

So go ahead, eat that cake.

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Author Info

Ian Miller joined Cray in February 2008 and currently heads up Cray’s Productivity Solutions group with the recently introduced Cray CX1 desk side supercomputer – an Intel Cluster Ready product. Mr. Miller also leads Cray’s corporate marketing organization. Prior to joining Cray, he served as the Vice President of Polyserve Software at HP and as Vice President of Worldwide Sales for PolyServe prior to its acquisition by HP. Before joining PolyServe, Mr. Miller was Vice President of Worldwide sales for IBM High End xSeries Servers where he worked for both IBM xSeries and pSeries organizations, with a particular focus on marketing and sales for high end Intel based systems. Prior to IBM, he was Vice President of Global Marketing for Sequent Computer Systems, and Vice President Asia Pacific. Miller has also worked for Software AG as Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, and for Unisys in many capacities, ending as General Manager for Asia South. Mr. Miller is a Graduate of London University.