The Institute for Basic Science in South Korea Awards Cray Contract to Help Advance Scientific Research

New Cray Supercomputer and ClusterStor Storage System to Support Institute’s Earth System Science and Climate Physics Research

SEATTLE, Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today announced that the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has awarded the Company a contract valued at $9 million for a Cray® XC50™ supercomputer and Cray® ClusterStor™ L300 storage system. The new supercomputer, paired with the scale-out Lustre® storage solution, will provide high-performance capabilities for IBS to expand research in climate physics and work toward its goal of improving decadal earth system forecasts and long-term future climate projections.

“By building a high-end supercomputing infrastructure with our addition of the Cray supercomputer and storage, we will be able to maximize performance of past-to-future and high-resolution global climate model simulations while significantly reducing research duration and costs,” said Axel Timmermann, director of the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP). “With Cray’s advanced system design and expertise in high-performance computing environments, our researchers are well-equipped to address some of the greatest challenges in oceanography, atmospheric science, glaciology and other areas.”

Located in Daejeon, South Korea, IBS was established by the South Korean government with the purpose of advancing the development of basic science in fields such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, life sciences, earth science and interdisciplinary science. The ICCP was established as the first earth science center within the IBS. ICCP expands the frontiers of earth system science by conducting cutting-edge research into climate dynamics, leveraging high-performance computer simulations.

“IBS joins a growing list of research centers using Cray systems to advance earth science and provide the most powerful tools for their climate researchers,” said Nick Gorga, vice president of Asia Pacific sales at Cray. “With the convergence of supercomputing, analytics and AI, Cray’s platform is uniquely suited for data-intense problems faced by customers, like IBS, in their quest for scientific breakthroughs.”

Cray XC Series
Cray XC series supercomputers are designed to handle the most challenging workloads requiring sustained multi-petaflop performance. Cray XC50 supercomputers incorporate the Aries™ high-performance network interconnect for low latency and scalable global bandwidth, the HPC-optimized Cray Linux® Environment, and powerful Cray Programming Environment tools to deliver extreme scalability and sustained performance.

Cray ClusterStor Storage Systems
Cray’s ClusterStor storage systems are designed to deliver the right performance levels, speed, scalability, data protection and availability to fit within defined requirements and budgets. ClusterStor systems reduce complexity with seamless design and easy installation, workload management and data flow. It all adds up to the industry’s highest-performing and most efficient data storage platform with the lowest overall TCO. End-to-end integration between the Cray XC supercomputer and the ClusterStor storage system ensures the most efficient flow and use of data to speed time to discovery.

The system is expected to be put into production in December 2018.

About Cray Inc.
Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) combines computation and creativity so visionaries can keep asking questions that challenge the limits of possibility. Drawing on more than 45 years of experience, Cray develops the world’s most advanced supercomputers, pushing the boundaries of performance, efficiency and scalability. Cray continues to innovate today at the convergence of data and discovery, offering a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers, high-performance storage, data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions.  Go to for more information.

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