WASHINGTON (05/12/2000) - The U.S. Army has awarded Cray Inc. an $18.5 million contract to upgrade the Army's High Performance Computing Research Center's Cray supercomputer.
This is the first major order for the company that was formed on March 31 when the Seattle-based Tera Computer Co. acquired Cray Research from Silicon Graphic Inc.
"A multimillion-dollar order for supercomputers to support the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army's science and technology base is a strong indicator of customer confidence in the newly formed Cray Inc.," said Cray president Jim Rottsolk The upgraded system at AHPCRC will be one of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The contract also includes an option for AHPCRC to acquire next-generation Cray supercomputer technology.
The primary purpose of the computer - about the size of two standard-sized refrigerators - is to increase the safety margins for paratroopers jumping out of airplanes, said Cray spokesman Steve Conway.
The system also will be used to support basic research activities at AHPCRC and its partner academic institutions. System delivery is expected by midyear.
Cray Inc. builds and sells high-performance vector processor and general-purpose parallel computer systems.
Conway said the supercomputer would be "the world's most powerful computer except for anything we don't know about in the classified field."
Cray has substantial business with federal agencies, including DOD, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.