Delivering the power of a high-performance cluster with the ease-of-use and seamless integration of a workstation, the Cray CX1™ deskside supercomputer is a comprehensive and affordable solution created by supercomputer specialist Cray. The CX1 is available in Europe from ClusterVision, in combination with the Linux-based Bright Cluster Manager™ or Microsoft Windows® HPC Server® 2008.
Equipped with powerful Intel® Xeon® processors and integrated with Linux-based Bright Cluster Manager or Windows HPC Server 2008, the Cray CX1 provides everything you need in a comprehensive and easy-to-use box. The Cray CX1 is a complete analysis environment that can be deployed in an open office environment, making easy work of complex applications used in the financial services, manufacturing, digital media, life sciences, and energy industries, as well as the government, defence, and higher education sectors.
Scientists and Engineers
Scientists and Engineers know that HPC can make all the difference — taking days or weeks off project time lines and solving problems that would otherwise be unapproachable. Unfortunately, until now a highly scalable cluster has been available only to those who had the luxury of a full-fledged data centre and IT support staff to manage an HPC cluster.
For the rest, technical problems languished on the desktop — stuck on a scientist's or engineer's workstation, slowing time to insight and negatively affecting cost, competitiveness and quality of their work. HPC clusters can be difficult to deploy, requiring complex software environments that are hard for individuals to master, let alone optimise for results. Cray and ClusterVision understand that time-to-solution is the objective and have created the Cray CX1 and Bright Cluster Manager respectively, to alleviate the installation, setup, administration, and maintenance headaches, allowing you to focus on the science.
For small and medium-size businesses who want an R&D computing resource but don't have the space or infrastructure to support a data centre, the Cray CX1 is a perfect solution.
In the past, high-performance computing meant having a dedicated data centre that could meet the unique physical and environmental requirements of cluster systems. Traditional clusters require substantial power, space, and cooling which typically require significant IT infrastructure and support. This translates to a large carbon footprint and an increase to an end user's total cost of ownership for their computing needs.
The Cray CX1 was designed from the ground up to provide a leaner, more energy-efficient HPC solution, achieving power efficiency as high as 92%. It can deliver industry-leading HPC performance in a system that resides in a simple deskside pedestal that plugs into a standard wall outlet. The Cray CX1 is unexpectedly quiet, incorporating innovative active noise reduction technology and complying with NR45 office noise regulations.
Corporation or Government Agency
For the larger corporation or government agency that wants a low-cost but powerful distributed HPC resource with flexible configurations to meet individual needs, the Cray CX1 is easily configured and deployed across the organisation yet with all the hooks to connect into the backbone of your IT infrastructure.
The Cray CX1 comes with an integrated software solution stack based on Bright Cluster Manager or Windows HPC Server. This provides a simplified, common operating environment for either Windows or Linux, along with several system management packages and tools. This intuitive HPC environment simplifies job submission, status and progress monitoring, and delivers maximum compute performance and scalability to the end user.
The Cray CX1 features competitive pricing and a modular design, allowing users to continually incorporate new technology over time and protect their investment. The system can be easily expanded by connecting up to three chassis with the system's internal switch infrastructure. The system supports Layer-2/Layer-3 Gigabit switch and InfiniBand DDR/QDR interconnects offering extraordinary scalability.
The Cray CX1 supercomputer is the only HPC system in the industry to combine high-performance compute, graphics, GPU, and storage capabilities in a single, integrated office-environment chassis. This versatility allows for incredible utilisation flexibility. For example, the system's high-end visualisation capabilities can often eliminate the need for a separate workstation or cluster.
Each Cray CX1 chassis can be configured with up to eight blades. Blades can include a variety of single- and dual-socket compute, graphic, storage, and GPU blades.
World-Class Service and Support
In addition to offering industry-leading technology and a comprehensive software environment, the Cray CX1 supercomputer also includes world-class certified support in Europe provided by ClusterVision in close collaboration with Cray. The system includes a three-year parts and labour hardware warranty, with call centre technical support and next-business day onsite service. Customers also have a variety of options for software support. Together, these proven support services enable users to receive fast, expert assistance with any technical issue.
Intel Cluster Ready
The Cray CX1 supercomputer and Bright Cluster Manager are both Intel Cluster Ready certified. The certification program, sponsored by Intel, is designed to establish a common specification among original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and others for designing, programming and deploying clusters built with Intel components. For users, the certification means that the Cray CX1 system will support a wide range of Intel Cluster Ready ISV applications out of the box.
HPC Performance for Everyone
The Cray CX1 deskside supercomputer, combined with Bright Cluster Manager, makes HPC performance available to everyone, combining the power of a high-performance cluster with the affordability, ease-of-use and seamless integration of a workstation.