Cray is preparing to bring two new supercomputers to market next year as it continues to try to group its various high-performance computer models into a single family of machines.
On Nov. 6, the company will introduce the Cray XT5—its first new supercomputer since the XT4's unveiling in November 2006. The XT5 will offer a new computing blade that will support Advanced Micro Devices' dual- and quad-core Opteron processors. The other supercomputer being introduced, the XT5h, is what the company calls a hybrid system that will support multiple microprocessor architectures.
For Cray, the new family of systems represents the next piece in its "Rainier" program, which looks to bring the company's different supercomputer architectures under one unified infrastructure. Cray's next program, "Cascade," will look to create a single adaptive system for high-performance computing that will allow one machine to handle different computing tasks. The XT5h hybrid supercomputer is a step toward that goal.