Cray announces XT6, first customer

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Cray has announced the next rev of its successful XT line of supers (the current #1 and #3 on the Top500 are XT5s). The XT6 and XT6m midrange systems will be generally available Q2 of next year

Cray logo“Both supercomputing systems feature AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors, the powerful and reliable Cray SeaStar interconnect, and Cray’s entire software stack, which has been proven to the petascale performance level,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of scalable systems. “Cray’s innovation, combined with AMD’s strong roadmap, is a winning combination for the Cray XT line of supercomputers and for our customers.”

The compute blades in both the Cray XT6 and Cray XT6m systems feature four compute nodes designed for high scalability in a small footprint and can be configured with up to 96 processor cores per blade or more than 2,300 processor cores per cabinet. Each compute node is composed of two AMD Opteron(TM) 6100 Series processors (the eight and 12-core “Maranello” platform), each coupled with its own memory and dedicated Cray SeaStar2+(TM) interconnect. The compute nodes in the Cray XT6 and Cray XT6m systems can also be configured with 32 GB or 64 GB DDR3 memory.

Serial number one is headed out to the the High-End Computing Terascale Resource (HECToR) project located at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh.

The Cray XT6 series of supercomputers is not only one of the leading HPC systems worldwide, it is also in position to push forward to new heights in 2010. With an infrastructure that is designed to be fully upgradeable, the Cray XT6 series can facilitate upgrades to anticipated future “Interlagos” 12- and 16-core processors from AMD, as well as network upgrades that will push the boundaries of HPC — providing functionalities that are unavailable at these scales today.


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