Seattle supercomputer maker Cray’s stock is up nearly 3 percent today after announced a huge contract to update Jaguar, a flagship Cray system at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Cray’s getting $97 million to convert the recrord-setting XT5 system to a new XK6 model, which will then be called Titan. The stock closed at $6.14, up 2.68 percent.
With a blend of special Nvidia graphics processors and new “Interlagos” processors from AMD, the Titan will have peak performance of 10 to 20 petaflops, or quadrillion mathematical calculations per second.
Cray had previously disclosed that the order was coming and worth more than $60 million potentially in 2011 sales. The new AMD chips are taking longer than expected but the company still expects the first phase of the project to be accepted by Oak Ridge later this year.
The first phase involves replacing the XT5 blades with XK6 blades, which include the new Opteron Interlagos processors, Cray’s Gemini interconnect system and nodes with Nvidia Tesla 20 series graphics processing units. By the second half of 2012, the system is scheduled to have Nvidia’s next-generation “Kepler” GPUs installed.
Oak Ridge has the option to further upgrade the system, which would increase the deal beyond $97 million.
Titan will be used for energy and environmental research.
Jaguar set a world computing speed record in 2008, with sustained petaflop performance running multiple scientific applications.
“Oak Ridge, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and Cray have a history of accomplishing great things by continually pushing the boundaries of supercomputing,” Peter Ungaro, Cray’s chief execuive, said in the release. “Signing this contract is a significant milestone for our company and our partnership with Oak Ridge because the new system will enable even further amazing scientific achievements.”
Ungaro said it’s a step toward reaching 50 petaflop performance with the XK6.
Here’s an earlier image of an XK6: