Thursday, November 08, 2007
New Cray supercomputer based on Linux
Supercomputer manufacturer Cray has launched the Cray XT5 family of supercomputers, which it says is "the world's most scalable linux-based supercomputer".Packed with the kind of processing power that the average user can only dream about, the XT5 is a massively parallel processor system, which includes a new compute blade that increases local memory capacity four-fold, doubles processor density and improves energy efficiency. According to the company, the Cray XT5 family also includes the industry's first integrated hybrid supercomputer, the Cray XT5h system. Thanks to "new programming paradigms and processor technologies", the Cray hybrid system optimises application efficiency to help tackle problems that "cannot currently be solved on a single architecture system".At least, this is what the company claims, but sifting to the very bottom of the press release there is a "Safe Harbour Statement", which states: "This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements above." Hmmm... very sneaky indeed.To see just what makes this machine tick, take a look on the company website.Alas, those of us without a spare couple of million to spend on upgrading the home machine will just have to wait several years for this level of technology to filter down to the mainstream user.