Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray supercomputer for bioinformatics research

Seattle 10 October 2007The Cray Inc. global supercomputer expert's Cray XT4 system has been selected by Japan's Yokohama City University. The Cray XT4 supercomputer will be housed at the University's Division of Structural Bioinformatics to aid two of Japan's most prominent academic researchers in their efforts to expand on the principle of three-dimensional structures and functions of biomolecules, proteins and nucleic acids.

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"The new Cray XT4 system will accelerate analysis of genome function and evolution from protein solid structure information", stated Professor Akinori Kidera of Yokohama City University. "Yokohama City University has a proud tradition of science and technology excellence and is fast becoming an international institution of higher education and research. This is a key step for the institution and the field of bioinformatics."

The Cray XT4 system is a massively parallel processor (MPP) system that provides unrivaled sustained performance by balancing performance between powerful processors, memory, interconnect, and IO. Both hardware and software are designed to scale to more than 120.000 processor cores and over one petaflops of peak performance.

"With enhanced performance and improved power efficiency, the Cray XT4 system will give these eminent researchers the computational power to solve even larger and increasingly complex problems", stated Mamoru Nakano, president of Cray Japan. "Professor Akinori Kidera and Associate Professor Mitsunori Ikeguchi are two of Japan's foremost academic researchers and we value the opportunity to provide them with top technology to support their ground-breaking research efforts."

The Cray XT4 system for Yokohama City University contains dual-core AMD Opteron processors, over 4 teraflops of peak performance and 1,4 terabytes of main memory. Sumisho Computer System Corporation (SCS), a channel partner of Cray Japan, will integrate the system to be installed later this year. SCS provides one-stop IT services combining maximum business value with exceptional technical capabilities and global expansion capacity.

Building on the success of the Cray XT3 system, the Cray XT4 is an MPP supercomputer purpose-built to deliver exceptional sustained application performance for challenging scientific and engineering problems. The supercomputer's high-speed 3D torus interconnect, advanced MPP operating system and high-speed global input/output make it possible for users to scale applications to more than 120.000 processor cores with exceptional sustained performance. The system's scalable processing element uses x86 64-bit AMD Opteron processors that employ HyperTransport technology to increase bandwidth and reduce latency.

Cray provides highly advanced supercomputers and world-class services and support to government, industry and academia. Cray technology enables scientists and engineers to achieve remarkable breakthroughs by accelerating performance, improving efficiency and extending the capabilities of their most demanding applications. Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision will result in innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to surpass today's limitations and meeting the market's continued demand for realized performance. More company news is available in the VMW July 2007 article Researchers at Rice University use Cray supercomputer to unlock biomedical mysteries and aid future diagnostics.


Leslie Versweyveld

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