Cray to Explore Alternative Processor Technologies for Supercomputing
SEATTLE, WA and NEW ORLEANS, LA - 11/17/14 - At the 2014 Supercomputing Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the Company is evaluating alternative processor design points, including the potential use of 64-bit ARM® and other power and performance efficient processing technologies for its supercomputers and data analytics systems.
As part of this effort, Cray was recently awarded a research and development contract from the United States Department of Energy's Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration under a program called FastForward 2. This contract taps Cray to explore a range of topics around architectures of 64-bit ARM processors for high performance computing.
Additionally, Cray is working with Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM) to deliver Cray clusters based on Cavium's 48-core work load optimized ThunderX™ ARM processors. The goal of this collaboration is to analyze ARM solutions for selected workloads to investigate the ARM value proposition in supercomputing.
"Our Adaptive Supercomputing vision centers on system designs that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture," said Steve Scott, Cray senior vice president and chief technology officer. "We see alternatives such as 64-bit ARM, custom ASICs and low-power Intel processors as enabling technologies for certain HPC and analytics workloads, and a natural fit for our strategy. Along with our current partnership with Intel, our participation in the DOE FastForward 2 project and our work with other technology providers, such as Cavium and ARM, gives us the opportunity to take a closer look."
"The algorithmic processing performed in HPC environments impacts the lives of billions of people and the planning for Exascale computing presents some significant power challenges to this industry," said Mike Muller, chief technology officer, ARM. "The collaboration between ARM and its ecosystem partners has created a proven track record of energy-efficiency leadership and we firmly believe this can be applied to the supercomputing market. ARM welcomes Cray's pioneering research to explore how 64-bit ARM technology can improve performance density for future supercomputing platforms."
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Global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) provides innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists and engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging more than 40 years of experience in developing and servicing the world's most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers and big data storage and analytics solutions delivering unrivaled performance, efficiency and scalability. Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision is focused on delivering innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to meet the market's continued demand for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com for more information.
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Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in enterprise, data center, cloud and wired and wireless service provider applications. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium's processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium's principal offices are in San Jose, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India, and China. For more information, please visit: http://www.cavium.com
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