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Cray Awarded $13 Million Supercomputing Contract

The PTC Center for High Performance Computing at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, has awarded Cray a $13 million contract to provide it with a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer system and services later this year. This will be one of the first petascale supercomputers in Scandinavia. The KTH institute plans to use the new system for simulations in areas such as fluid dynamics, climate modeling, neuroscience, and plasma physics. The institute will also make the supercomputer available to external researchers though the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing and the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. This is the latest contract of its type for Cray, which will also provide next-generation Cray XC machines to the Korea Meteorological Association and the US National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. (GeekWire)(MarketWatch)

Cray Releases Low-Cost Supercomputer

Supercomputers typically sell for millions of dollars, but Cray Inc. is now offering a system for $500,000. The XC30-AC reportedly has the same software and processors as the XC-30, which sells for between $10 and $30 million. The system costs less because it is, in part, air cooled and does not use optical cables. For its new computer, Cray is targeting manufacturers from the Fortune 100 to 1,000, as well as pharmaceutical, oil and gas firms; smaller universities; government agencies; and research labs. Supercomputer sales are increasing with purchases up 30 percent in 2012, according to market-research firm IDC, as the hardware has become increasingly affordable for a greater number of organizations. Analysts expect the new Cray offering to attract first-time supercomputer buyers. (CNNMoney)(Information Week)

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