Germany's Meteorological Service DWD Awards $23 Million Contract to
SEATTLE, WA and OFFENBACH, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 --
Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
it has been awarded a $23 million dollar contract to provide two Cray
XC30 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion 1600 storage systems to
Germany's National Meteorological Service -- the Deutscher
Wetterdienst (DWD). Located in Offenbach, Germany, DWD is one of the
world's premier numerical weather prediction centers.
Researchers and scientists at DWD will be able to apply the petascale
computing resources of the two Cray XC30 supercomputers -- one of
which will be used for production and the other for research and
backup -- towards its mission of meeting the meteorological
requirements arising from all areas of economy and society in
Germany. The new Cray supercomputers will enable DWD to produce
higher resolution and more accurate global and regional weather
forecasts to help fulfill the organization's wide array of weather
responsibilities, such as the meteorological safeguarding of aviation
and shipping, and the issuance of official warnings of weather
occurrences that could become a danger for public safety.
"At our national meteorological service, we are responsible for
providing services for the protection of life and property in the
form of weather and climate information," said Prof. Dr. Gerhard
Adrian, President of DWD. "This is the core task of the DWD, and thus
it is imperative that we equip our researchers and scientists with
scalable, productive, and above all, highly reliable supercomputing
systems. The Cray XC30 supercomputers will be valuable resources for
us, and we are pleased to be working with Cray."
"DWD is one of the world's most prestigious numerical weather
prediction centers, and we're honored to provide them with the
supercomputing technologies necessary for delivering such an
extensive range of important services," said Dr. Ulla Thiel, Cray
vice president, Europe. "We are looking forward to building a strong
collaboration and close partnership with DWD. This contract is yet
another example of how we continue to expand our presence in the
meteorological community in Europe and across the globe."
Previously code-named "Cascade," the Cray XC30 supercomputer is
Cray's most advanced high performance computing (HPC) system and is
engineered to meet the performance challenges of HPC users. The Cray
XC30 supercomputer features the new Aries system interconnect; a new
Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality
constraints; an innovative cooling system that utilizes a transverse
airflow to lower customers' total cost of ownership; the
next-generation of the scalable, high performance Cray Linux
Environment that also supports a wide range of ISV applications;
Cray's HPC optimized programming environment; and the ability to
handle a wide variety of processor types including the Intel(R)
Xeon(R) processors -- a first for Cray's high-end systems.
The two Cray Sonexion 1600 storage systems that will be deployed at
DWD will have a combined capacity of more than 3 petabytes of storage
and 72 gigabytes per-second of combined bandwidth. Cray's Sonexion
Lustre System for HPC provides an embedded, compact design that can
reduce the overall storage footprint by up to 50 percent over
component-based solutions. Sonexion ensures consistency and
predictability when scaling Lustre, and offers precision performance,
optimal scalability, and an open solution for HPC and Big Data in a
compact form factor.
Consisting of products and services, the multi-year, multi-phase
contract is valued at more than $23 million, and the systems are
expected to be delivered and put into production in 2013 and 2014.
About Cray Inc.
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and engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing
and future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging 40 years
of experience in developing and servicing the world's most advanced
supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of high
performance computing (HPC) systems, storage, and Big Data 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
surpass today's limitations and meeting the market's continued demand
for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com for more information.
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