Supercomputer company Cray and Microsoft have collaborated to develop a desk-side, low-end, bladed office supercomputer for customers who require compute-intensive environments.
The Cray CX1 supercomputer is pre-installed with Windows HPC Server 2008. It uses standard office power and incorporates up to eight nodes and 16 Intel Xeon processors, delivering up to 64 GB memory per node and up to 4 terabytes of storage. The system can be configured with a mix of compute, storage, and visualisation blades to meet individual requirements, and is interoperable with Linux.
Cray said system configuration in the CX1 will be driven by wizards and GUI interfaces for straightforward set-up. The company is also building a web community where users can offer support and advice to each other.
The CX1 supercomputer is the first product launched by Cray following its partnership with Intel as its chip supplier after it ended its collaboration with long-time chip partner AMD. The supercomputer will compete with HP’s 'Shorty' and low-end machines from Silicon Graphics.
Vince Mendillo, director of HPC at Microsoft, said, “Windows HPC Server 2008 in combination with the Cray CX1 supercomputer will provide outstanding sustained performance on applications. The combined solution will enable companies to unify their Windows desktop and server workflows.”