Cray CX-1 Support for Intel Westmere

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CrayCray announced today that their CX-1 line of deskside supercomputers will now support the latest Intel Xeon 5600 series of silicon.  Formerly codenamed ‘Westmere’, the latest in silicon goodness from Intel is based on the existing 32nm manufacturing process, but includes a new microarchitecture.  The new microarchitecture features two more compute cores per socket (from four core to six core) while maintaining the same thermal footprint.

Today’s launch of the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series marks the third generation of Intel technology that has been made available to customers of our deskside supercomputers since the launch of the original Cray CX1 system,” said Ian Miller, senior vice president of the productivity solutions group and marketing at Cray. “We are pleased to be able to once again offer our customers a significant upgrade in performance. An upgrade that reinforces our commitment to making world-class HPC performance available to an expanded user base that extends beyond the data center.”

The combination of Cray’s CX1 systems and the new Intel Xeon processor 5600 series helps ensure HPC users can apply industry-leading supercomputing resources to solve difficult science and engineering problems,” said Richard Dracott, Intel Corporation’s General Manager of High Performance Computing. “Creating and delivering these tools is what the Intel and Cray collaboration is built on.”

For more info on Cray’s support of Westmere, read their full release here.