FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: August 15, 1996 Steve Conway Cray Research 612-683-7133 Michael Schneider Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center 412-268-5869
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wisc., Aug. 15, 1996 -- The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) today formally accepted the first production model of the CRAY T3E. Produced by Silicon Graphics subsidiary Cray Research, the CRAY T3E is one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, a "highly parallel" system that teams tens, hundreds or thousands of processors to work simultaneously on the same computing task.
PSC's CRAY T3E system will have 512 processors and be capable of more than 300 billion calculations per second. This represents a four-fold increase in scientific productivity over PSC's current highly parallel system, the CRAY T3D.
This new system substantially boosts the computational capability of U.S. scientists and engineers, said PSC scientific directors Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies: "This is a big step forward in U.S. high-performance computing."
PSC, in partnership with Cray Research, has consistently been the first National Science Foundation supercomputing center to provide the most powerful computing resources to solve important scientific problems, and scientists in 50 states and the District of Columbia, including corporations such as ALCOA, USX Corp., Dupont and Westinghouse Electric Corp., have worked with PSC to carry out their research.
Research at PSC has received a number of awards for work such as:
More information on these and other PSC research projects is available on World Wide Web at http://www.psc.edu/science/.
The acceptance event, held in Cray's Chippewa Falls manufacturing facility, included representatives of Congress, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Carnegie Mellon University, Westinghouse Electric Corp., Silicon Graphics and Cray Research.
Cong. David R. Obey (D-Wisc.) said, "Through its support for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and other NSF supercomputing centers, the National Science Foundation is advancing U.S. scientific, engineering and technology leadership -- a cause I've championed in Congress for many years. The CRAY T3E supercomputer will be a boon to the national research community."
"The placement of the CRAY T3E at Pittsburgh reflects NSF's commitment to provide leading parallel systems to the academic and industrial communities through our supercomputer centers," said Mel Ciment, deputy assistant director of the National Science Foundation's Computing and Information Science and Engineering Directorate.
Cong. Mike Doyle (D-Penna.) said, "The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has had a substantial positive impact on the economy of the Greater Pittsburgh region. It has become an important incubator spurring the rapid growth of technology-related firms in our area."
According to Cray Research president and CEO Robert H. Ewald, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center historically has been the first customer for the company's newest supercomputer systems. "Cray views our relationship with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center as an important partnership. PSC's demanding requirements help keep Cray at the forefront of technology innovation, and Cray gains valuable feedback from the center's staff and users." Ewald said the company has more than $200 million in advance orders for the new system, making it the world market-leader for systems of this type.
"The T3E system is a major milestone that signals Cray Research and Silicon Graphics' strong commitment to the high-end supercomputing market," said Edward R. McCracken, chairman and chief executive officer of Silicon Graphics.
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Corp., was established in 1986 by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Cray Research, Inc. (Eagan, Minnesota), a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Graphics, Inc., provides the leading supercomputing tools and services to help solve customers' most challenging problems.
PSC news release, First Cray T3E Customer System is Shipped to Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
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