Microsoft and Cray announce 'affordable' supercomputer

On Monday, Microsoft and supercomputer manufacturer Cray announced that they have teamed up to release the Cray CX1, the most affordable supercomputer that Cray has ever created. Prices start at $25,000 and range up to $60,000.

The CX1 will run Microsoft HPC Server 2008 and is purpose built for offices, laboratories and other non-traditional HPC environments. The system incorporates up to 8 nodes and 16 Intel Xeon processors, either dual or quad core, and delivers up to 64 gigabytes of memory per node. It also features up to 4 terabytes of internal storage. Cray says that it doesn't requires a dedicated computer room, special power or cooling requirements like typical supercomputers.

Scientists at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA plan to use a Cray CX1 with Microsoft HPC Server 2008 for mathematical modeling and visualization.

Over at the Windows Server division blog, Tina Couch explained that ordering a CX1 is "as easy as shopping on Customers can go online, order the CX1 system using a configurator and pay with credit card. If that's not making supercomputing mainstream, I don't know what is."

We could not find the CX1 on Amazon, yet.

View: Cray Press Release | Microsoft HPC Server | Windows Server Weblog

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