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Cray CX1 Upgrade Supports Intel 5600 Processor

Cray CX1 Upgrade Supports Intel 5600 Processor

Cray Inc. is packing even more horsepower into its CX1 desk-side supercomputer with a new model that will ship with Intel's Xeon processor 5600 Series, providing up to a teraflop of computing horsepower for computationally intensive applications.

The third-generation CX1 now features Intel's new microarchitecture built on the company's latest 32nm process technology. The microarchitecture features two more computer cores per socket giving the CX1 access to a total of six cores compared to earlier CX1 models, which were limited to support for four cores. As a result, the new CX1 can deliver more than 50 percent additional compute power while still maintaining the same power and energy consumption levels.

This additional horsepower is critical for engineers who are always looking to up the performance of their processor-hungry simulation and visualization applications, according to Ian Miller, Cray's senior vice president of the Productivity Solutions Group and marketing. "The classic problem that a design engineer has is getting their computationally intensive work that's part of designing a product or part accomplished," Miller explains. "While workstations are increasingly powerful, engineers are always yearning for even more power and the ability to get batch simulations done in a quicker timeframe."

The CX1, with Intel's 5600 processor, delivers on that need by providing access to a small cluster of processors - up to eight individual blades - so engineering teams scale out models and simulations to achieve optimal performance. "This essentially lets them harness up to eight computers to bring additional horsepower to bear on the problem," Miller explains. "It lets them get work done faster, get products out the door more quickly and make their overall operations faster."

Despite its supercomputer performance, the CX1 plugs into standard office power and operates within a standard noise envelope making it suitable for use within an open office, not just within a data center. Cray has also been working with leading engineering and design tool software providers to ensure their applications take advantage of the parallel functionality of the new Intel architecture and the CX1 platform.

The CX1 ranges in price from $15,000 to $75,000.

Cray CX1 Upgrade Supports Intel 5600 Processor
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