Posted: November 3, 2008

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Uses Cray XT5 Supercomputer for Nano and Other Scientific Research

(Nanowerk News) Global supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc. announced that the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) has selected the new Cray XT5 supercomputer as the main system for its high-performance computing facility. This will be the first Cray XT5 system in Japan to utilize Cray's recently introduced ECOphlex liquid-cooling technology.
JAIST, one of Japan's premier academic research centers, will use the new computer system to speed advances in the development of new algorithms for highly parallel computers, large-scale simulations and visualization in nanotechnology, biomechanics and a wide range of other scientific disciplines.
Cray will install the Cray XT5 supercomputer with ECOphlex technology and a peak performance of 18.8 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second) at the JAIST facility near Kanazawa City, Ishikawa, Japan. The Cray XT5 system is designed to run very challenging, high-end scientific research and engineering applications with superior scalability, performance and reliability. The new system is a fully compatible upgrade to the Cray XT3 system, installed at JAIST in 2005.
"The new Cray XT5 supercomputer offers an order of magnitude increase in processing power compared to our Cray XT3 system while continuing its excellent scalability features and highly balanced system design, as well as its excellent price-performance," said Teruo Matsuzawa, Ph.D, director of the JAIST Center for Information Science and manager of JAIST's supercomputer facility. "Over the past decade, JAIST has built world-class expertise in massively parallel algorithms and applications. The Cray XT5 system will meet our challenging requirements perfectly."
"The JAIST faculty and the Center for Information Science have exceptional expertise in large-scale parallel computing and a broad portfolio of highly parallel applications. We are excited that JAIST users will have access to Cray's newest, most powerful supercomputer with our ECOphlex liquid-cooling technology. With more than ten times the performance than they previously had, we believe that the new system will allow JAIST users to tackle both larger and more complex problems," said Mamoru Nakano, president of Cray Japan.
Founded in 1990, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) was the first national institute in Japan to focus exclusively on graduate-level training and research. Organized into three graduate schools (information science, materials science, and knowledge science), JAIST provides up-to-date graduate training for up to 850 students while maintaining competitive research programs through various dedicated centers, such as technical computing, nanotechnology and information security. For more information, go to
About the Cray XT5 Supercomputer
As the world's most scalable Linux supercomputer, the Cray XT5 system combines unprecedented sustained application performance with exceptional manageability and reliability, and lower cost of ownership for customers. Using powerful Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, the Cray XT5 system supports both Cray XT4 blades for optimized compute-to-communications balance and Cray XT5 blades optimized for memory-intensive and/or compute-biased workloads. Following the established success of the Cray XT product line, the Cray XT5 system introduces ECOphlex technology, packaging and design features that promote energy savings along three dimensions: by enabling greater system density, by reducing the need for expensive air cooling and air conditioners, and by omitting the need for chilled water. The system's Cray Linux Environment enables optimized performance across a broader range of applications.
About Cray Inc.
As a global leader in supercomputing, Cray provides highly advanced supercomputing systems 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. Go to for more information.
Source: Cray (press release)
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