Cray announced a new series of customers today for its midrange line of XT-series supercomputers. The new list of Cray users literally span the globe with installs in Japan, Europe and the US. Specifically, these folks are interested in Cray’s XT5m and XT6m.
The Cray XT5m and Cray XT6m systems are industry leaders in terms of compute density and energy efficiency for x86 systems, and our customers — both new and existing — are finding that price and performance efficiency are compelling fits for their needs,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of scalable systems.
The Institute of Statistical Mathematics is the first Japanese customer for the Cray XT6m system, which was announced in November 2009 and is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010. In Europe, the University of Duisburg-Essen is the first Cray XT6m customer in Germany. The University’s researchers and scientists will use the scalable and upgradeable supercomputing system to support its scientific work in chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering.
This is the first supercomputing purchase for the researchers and scientists who work on our campus, and we are very excited to now have a system with such impressive abilities,” said Prof. Dr. Eckhart Spohr from the University of Duisburg-Essen. “The simulations that will be performed on our new Cray supercomputer will contribute significantly to the atomistic understanding of structure and reactivity in the nano sciences, energy technology and material sciences, as well as to insight into structural and biomechanical problems.”
Alongside the Japanese and European sales, Cray has also placed a midrange system at a US pharmaceutical company. This is something that Cray hasn’t been focused on in the past decade: the bulk of the typical HPC users. For more info on the new customers and tech specs on the midrange systems, read their full release here.