Efficiency, high-performance functionality and scalability are all central to supercomputing success for many researchers. When the Cray XC30 supercomputer was introduced in November 2012, it delivered on those needs. Many organizations around the world announced deployments for the innovative system at the time of its launch, and more major laboratories and research centers have signed contracts for the high-performance computing solution since.
What the Cray XC30 can do
The Cray XC30 combines Intel® Xeon® processors, the Aries system interconnect, advanced software unique to Cray and a variety of innovative power and cooling solutions. When combined, these components turn into a supercomputer capable of scaling performance workloads of 100 petaflops. This Cray XC30 is ideal supercomputing resource for a variety of science, engineering and research tasks, and the system is already gaining prominence in those sectors.
The Cray XC30 deployments
At the time of its launch at SC12, the Cray XC30 architecture already had HPC wins from major organizations in North America, Japan, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. Since then, the momentum surrounding the innovative supercomputing solution has only increased. The list of Cray XC30 customers includes:
- Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland
- Germany’s National Meteorological Service – the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) in Offenbach, Germany
- The North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) in Berlin and Hannover, Germany
- Pawsey Centre in Perth, Australia, owned by CSIRO and operated by iVEC
- Finnish IT Center for Science Ltd. (CSC)
- Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) Berkeley, CA
- Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS) at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan
- University of Stuttgart’s High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany
The HLRN project is among the more recent Cray XC30 deals. This supercomputing deployment represents a joint effort of seven German states to deploy an advanced research-focused supercomputer that is distributed between two major facilities in the country. The distributed system will function as a single solution and support research in fields including environmental research, climate and ocean modeling, bio-informatics, physics, chemistry, fluid dynamics and engineering.
At DWD, Cray will provide two Cray XC30 systems and two Sonexion storage systems. These systems will enable researchers at DWD to produce a higher resolution of weather forecasting to help better predict natural disasters.
The latest Cray XC30 contract announcement is an extension of a previous project with the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). CSCS will expand and upgrade its current Cray XC30 supercomputer with GPU accelerators from NVIDIA. This upgrade will advance research projects in areas such as material science, molecular biology, climate and atmospheric modeling and geoscience.
The Cray XC30 supercomputer addresses many of the performance problems that have held back research in a number of data-intensive scientific fields. Its efficient architecture enables scientists to perform important analysis and run advanced simulations in some of the most demanding sectors in the world. The innovative architectures that make advanced research possible have helped the Cray XC30 take a firm hold in the global supercomputing market in a short time.