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Cray and Intel Collaboration

Cray and Intel have announced today that they have inked a multi-year agreement to advance high performance computing on Intel microprocessors. What what what!? Cray will deliver these advancements on their future supercomputing platforms.

Cray logoWe’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.

The two companies plan to dive well into multi-core processor architectures and next-generation interconnects. This will result in a wide range of HPC systems and technologies over the next serveral years.

Intel logoCray’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.

This is certainly a depature from Cray’s previous stance of AMD-centric compute architectures. This also becomes a threat to SGI’s monopoly of Intel silicon in big-iron compute.

Read the full release here.

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