Previously codenamed “Cascade” and based on the new Aries interconnect architecture, the XC30 has been developed in conjunction with DARPA. The supercomputer can scale up to a million cores and uses Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors for now. Cray has revealed that it will equip the future version of the XC30 with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors along with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs.
Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray said in a press release, “As a follow on to our most successful, productive line of supercomputers, the Cray XC30 is the realization of our Adaptive Supercomputing vision and will provide researchers, scientists and engineers with a system that can adapt to fit their most demanding applications.”
Research organizations have already placed orders in tune of $100 million and Cray has started shipping the devices already. “We’re off to a great start with more than $100 million in contracts for this system, and we believe the Cray XC30 series of supercomputers will allow a broader base of users to leverage the world’s most advanced supercomputing technology,” added Ungaro.
Some of the research organizations who have already placed orders include The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland; The Finnish IT Center for Science Ltd. (CSC) and The University of Stuttgart’s High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany.