Supercomputer firm adds AMD EPYC in product line

To meet the growing needs of high-performance computing (HPC), global supercomputer leader Cray announced it has added AMD EPYC processors to its Cray CS500 product portfolio, April 19.

The combination of AMD EPYC 7000 processors with the Cray CS500 cluster systems offers users a flexible, high-density system tuned for demanding environments. The powerful platform lets organizations tackle a broad range of HPC workloads without the need to rebuild and recompile their x86 applications.

“Cray’s decision to offer the AMD EPYC processors in the Cray CS500 product line expands its market opportunities by offering buyers an important new choice,” Hyperion Research senior vice president of research Steve Conway said. “The AMD EPYC processors are expressly designed to provide highly scalable, energy and cost-efficient performance in large and midrange clusters.”

The Cray CS500 systems with AMD EPYC processors also come with Cray’s software programing environment. Cray has integrated and optimized the Cray Programming Environment and libraries to enhance AMD EPYC processor performance.

“Our decision to offer AMD EPYC processors in our CS500 product line is emblematic of Cray’s commitment to the community to deliver a comprehensive line of high-density systems with an optimized programing environment to deliver the required performance and scalability,” Cray senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer Fred Kohout said.

“Cray’s leadership in supercomputing is well known and AMD is thrilled to be working with them on the CS500 cluster system,” AMD corporate vice president and data center and embedded solutions general manager Scott Aylor said. “Cray is the first system vendor to offer an optimized programing environment for AMD EYPC processors, which is a distinct advantage. Combining AMD EPYC processors with Cray’s supercomputing expertise opens new opportunities for both companies to grow.”

The Cray CS500 cluster systems with AMD EPYC 7000 processors provide four dual-socket nodes in a 2U chassis, each node supporting two PCIe Gen3 x 16 slots (200 Gb network capability) and HDD/SSD options. AMD EPYC 7000 processors support up to 32 cores and eight DDR4 memory channels per socket. The CS500 line will also include a 2U chassis with one node for large memory configurations, visualization, and service node functionality to complement the compute node form factor.

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