Tuesday, April 29th 2008

Cray and Intel Collaborate to Develop Future Supercomputing Technologies

Cray Inc. and Intel Corporation announced today they signed a multi-year agreement to advance high-performance computing (HPC) on Intel microprocessors while delivering broad new Intel and Cray technologies in future Cray server systems. The collaboration of these two industry leaders will result in HPC systems that will help solve some of the world's most complex scientific, engineering and humanitarian challenges.

"We're excited at the potential of bringing together Intel's powerful silicon expertise and Cray's industry leadership in scalable HPC systems," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "We pride ourselves in offering the most innovative supercomputing systems and our customers will now enjoy greater choice in processor technologies.

"This collaboration provides the HPC market segment with access to the best microprocessors the industry has to offer at any point in time, in the most advanced supercomputers in the world," Ungaro added. "This further strengthens Cray's industry-leading adaptive supercomputing vision as we move into the Cascade timeframe and beyond."

The two companies plan to explore future supercomputer component designs such as multi-core processing and advanced interconnects. As a result of this collaboration, Cray and Intel plan to develop a range of HPC systems and technologies over the next several years.

"Cray's commitment to Intel is a testament of our commitment to HPC and the strength of our hardware and software roadmap and many-core research," said Patrick Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "Throughout Cray's history, it has been an innovator in high-end HPC while Intel has pushed the boundaries of processor technology.

"The combination of this industry leadership and technical strength will allow HPC users to take advantage of future Xeon and other Intel processor technologies," Gelsinger said. "Together we will enable fundamental and historical problems of science and industry to be solved."Source: Intel
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6 Comments on Cray and Intel Collaborate to Develop Future Supercomputing Technologies

awesome, ive heard alot about cray in the past, even in mere fiction novels
from what ive heard theyr awesome.

Should be an interesting alliance.
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Ooh, Cray make Supercomputers, and Intel makes superchips; can we expect some kind of acceleration of Intel's CPU plan? Maybe Cray can give them some tips... :D
Either way, this is another kick in the head to AMD.
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Ouch this is going to be bad news for AMD/ATi
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this is gonna be a boon for supercomputing, but a nut-kick for high profile AMD investment
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hehe i allready readid this 2 days ago :P
News - Cray to switch from AMD to Intel (Nehalem)
Posted by VirtualRain at 2:21 PM

It seems the promise of Intel's QuickPath architecture has the attention of Cray as EETimes is reporting that Cray is negotiating a switch from AMD to Intel based on the strengths of Nehalem's QuickPath multiprocessor interconnect. This is yet another blow to AMD and a strong endorsement that we can expect great things from the Nehalem architecture in the HPC arena.

Here's a quote from the EETimes story...

Two years ago, Cray chose AMD for the so-called Cascade system it proposed as part of its DARPA bid. Winning the project was seen by some observers as crucial to the survival of the supercomputer maker which was facing financial troubles.

Cray is seeking approval from DARPA for its plans to shift the Cascade design to Intel processors using Intel's recently announced QuickPath Interconnect technology that provides links at up to 6.4 GTransfers/second. Miller would provide no additional details about the new Cascade design or the status of the talks with DARPA.

"This collaboration [with Intel] provides the high performance computing market segment with access to the best microprocessors the industry has to offer at any point in time," said Peter Ungaro, chief executive of Cray in a prepared statement.
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