The Cray XMT system joins the Cray XT4 supercomputer (announced separately today) as the next innovative technology under Cray's Rainier program, the initial phase of the company's Adaptive Supercomputing vision. The Rainier program aims to bring all Cray processing technologies onto a common Cray XT infrastructure, allowing diverse and challenging applications to run on a single, highly scalable foundation without compromising performance or usability.
With custom massively multithreaded processor chips designed for compatibility under the AMD Torrenza initiative, the Cray XMT system leverages technology from the Cray XT3 and Cray XT4 systems to produce a new cost-effective, massively multithreaded supercomputer.
"The Cray XMT platform implements an important new approach to overcome memory latency, offering the potential to substantially and cost-effectively accelerate data-intensive applications in a variety of sectors," said Jan Silverman, Cray senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development. "In partnership with government agencies and companies who develop integrated solutions, we expect this platform to provide levels of performance for data analysis that have never been achieved before."
For large data-driven problems that today exist in unrelated and diverse data sets, massively multithreaded processing offers the potential for breakthrough performance increases. Each processor in the multithreaded Cray XMT system can handle up to 128 concurrent threads. The system is designed to scale up to more than 8,000 processors, yielding more than one million concurrent threads that can operate on as much as 128 terabytes (128 trillion bytes) of shared physical memory.
For more information about the Cray XMT product and partner program, go to the Cray website at www.cray.com/products/xmt or contact Dan'l Pierce (206-701-2021, Email Contact). Information is also available at Cray's exhibit (booth #1515) at the SC2006 conference starting today in Tampa, Florida.
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