Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that Cray UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cray, has signed contracts with UoE HPCX Ltd. and the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to provide a massively parallel processing (MPP) hybrid supercomputer that will become one of the most powerful computing systems in the world. The multi-year contract, valued at approximately $85 million, includes hardware, maintenance and associated professional services.
The Cray supercomputer will be the first hybrid computer that is based on mature, proven technology. It will consist of Cray's XT4(TM) AMD Opteron(TM)-based MPP system enhanced with a tightly integrated next-generation Cray vector system code-named "BlackWidow." The design leverages Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision, which incorporates proven supercomputing processor technologies into a single hybrid system. The contract also includes a next-generation Cray MPP system, code-named "Baker," to be installed in 2009 that will further boost sustained application performance.
So Cray has sold their first nextgen vector system. To be sure, it's attached to a an XT4 basically. If you squint, it looks like an inverted T3D. This is a step to Cray's HPCS system.