Cray unveils supercomputer, capable of scaling to 100 petaflops

ray Inc. has launched the Cray XC30 supercomputer, previously code-named “Cascade,” designed to scale high performance computing (HPC) workloads of more than 100 petaflops, with more than one million cores.
Cray did not specify whether the 100 petaflops was Rpeak or Rmax, or when a 100 petaflops installation might be planned.
China’s Guangzhou Supercomputing Center also recently announced the development of a supercomputer capable of 100 petaflops peak performance: the Tianhe-2 supercomputer, due to launch in 2015.
Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Cray XC30 combines the new Aries interconnect, Intel Xeon processors, Cray’s fully-integrated software environment, and innovative power and cooling technologies. Several leading HPC centers have signed contracts to purchase Cray XC30 supercomputers, including:
The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland
The Pawsey Centre in Perth, Australia, owned by CSIRO and operated by iVEC
The Finnish IT Center for Science Ltd. (CSC)
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in Berkeley, Calif.
The Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS) at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan
The University of Stuttgart’s High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany
The Cray XC30 will utilize the Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 product family. Future versions of the Cray XC family of supercomputers will be available with the new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and NVIDIA Tesla GPUs based on the next-generation NVIDIA Kepler GPU computing architecture.
Early shipments of the Cray XC30 are starting now, and systems are expected to be widely available in first quarter of 2013.