Cray has received a contract from the Department of Energy to upgrade the Cray XT5 "Jaguar" supercomputer housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The upgrade to Six-Core AMD Opteron processors will increase Jaguar's peak performance to more than two petaflops of compute power, solidifying its position as the world's most powerful supercomputer. The contract to upgrade the Jaguar system will increase the number of the Cray XT5 supercomputer's processing cores to more than 224,000.
SEATTLE, WA, Aug 03, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that the company has received a contract from the Department of Energy to upgrade the Cray XT5(TM) “Jaguar” supercomputer housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The upgrade to Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors, code-named “Istanbul,” will increase Jaguar’s peak performance to more than two petaflops (quadrillion mathematical calculations per second) of compute power, solidifying its position as the world’s most powerful supercomputer.
The contract to upgrade the Jaguar system will increase the number of the Cray XT5 supercomputer’s processing cores to more than 224,000. The upgrade is expected to be installed and accepted by the end of 2009.
“What makes this upgrade to Jaguar truly exciting for us is the realization that the scientists and engineers using Jaguar will now have a faster and more powerful tool on their hands for achieving important scientific breakthroughs,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. “The Cray XT5 system at Oak Ridge remains the first and only supercomputer in the world to run real-world, scientific applications at over a sustained petaflops, and we are very proud of this groundbreaking achievement. When the upgrade is complete, this performance level will increase and the scientific community will benefit — that is what matters most to us.”
At the end of 2008, Jaguar was upgraded to a peak performance of 1.64 petaflops and set a historic milestone in surpassing the sustained petaflops speed barrier on two scientific applications. Sustained performance is a critical measure in supercomputing and allows scientists and engineers to dramatically increase the size, realism and complexity of simulations used to address fundamental scientific problems. For example, climate scientists are using Jaguar to create climate models of unprecedented resolution and fidelity, giving us a better understanding of future climate and our impact on that climate.
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