Cray’s New Supercomputer

By Deane Barker on November 3, 2003

Cray forecasts Red Storm for masses: It’s about time that Cray re-entered the commercial market. I remember when Cray was a force to be reckoned with. Things were never quite the same after Seymour Cray — the founder of the company — died in a car accident back in 1996.

“Supercomputer maker Cray said Monday that it is planning to release a line of products that are based on the Advanced Micro Devices-powered Red Storm machine it’s building for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Due out sometime in 2004, the supercomputers will use Cray’s MPP (massively parallel processing) architecture, which it is using in the design of Red Storm, a 40-teraflop (40 trillion calculations per second) device ordered by the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratories.”

Note that the machine will run Linux on AMD Opteron chips. Between this and the Big Mac, Intel isn’t getting much press in the supercomputing world lately.