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Swiss National Supercomputing Centre upgrades Cray XT3 to Cray XT5.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-8 June 2009-Swiss National Supercomputing Centre upgrades Cray XT3 to Cray XT5(C)1994-2009 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

Cray Inc (Nasdaq:CRAY), a supercomputer company, announced on Friday (5 June) that the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), a research facility in Switzerland, has upgraded its current Cray XT3 system to a Cray XT5 supercomputer.

According to the company, the recently completed 20-cabinet upgrade resulted in a system that is the most powerful supercomputer in Switzerland and one of the largest high performance computing (HPC) systems worldwide.

This is the latest in a series of upgrades for the Cray system at CSCS since the research facility installed Europe's first Cray XT3 supercomputer in 2005. CSCS is leveraging the petaflops computing architecture of the Cray XT5 to provide the Swiss scientific and industrial community with computing resources necessary to stay competitive on an international level.

The Cray XT5 system features more than 14,000 AMD Opteron cores for performance in excess of 140 teraflops and is accessed by CSCS users working in fields including chemistry, physics, material sciences, climatology, geology, biology, genetics, experimental medicine, astronomy, mathematics and computer sciences. The supercomputer also features Cray's ECOphlex cooling technology designed to remove the heat generated by the system's processors without using air handlers to save energy.

No financial details were disclosed.

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