ALCF Selects Shasta
The selection of Cray’s Shasta supercomputer by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) at Argonne National Laboratory anticipates a new era in high performance research, engineering and analysis.
The ALCF is focused on providing the computational science community with advanced supercomputing systems capable of achieving important breakthroughs in science and engineering, and the Aurora system is a significant continuation of our mission. The scalable architecture of Cray’s next-generation Shasta system combined with Intel’s advanced processing technologies ensures the Aurora system will be a valuable resource for computational science and engineering.”
– Rick Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director for Argonne National Laboratory
As part of the Department of Energy's CORAL program, Argonne will use their future “Aurora” supercomputer to explore new horizons in computational science — but the Shasta series of systems will be accessible by the broader supercomputing community and able to adapt to differing environments, applications and workloads.
Shasta, the full embodiment of Cray’s adaptive supercomputing vision, will introduce advanced compute capabilities that address modest single-cabinet commercial requirements and also deliver the scalable, sustained performance necessary in leadership-caliber systems. Because requirements across applications and industry segments vary widely, Shasta's architecture is being designed with the flexibility to accommodate a variety of leading processor, networking and memory technologies; cabinet packaging options; power and cooling systems; a productive software ecosystem and more.
Building on decades of domain knowledge and experience with customer production environments, Cray is selecting the best technologies from the current-generation Cray® XC® and Cray® CS® series compute systems to deliver an innovative platform for the future. Shasta’s adaptability will enable configuration options across the price/performance spectrum to address the differing requirements of commercial, government and academic organizations.
What is Cray's XC series?
The XC series is Cray’s high-end flagship supercomputer that will continue to be an HPC industry workhorse over the next several years.
What is Shasta?
“Shasta” is Cray’s code name for the next-generation supercomputer with architecture that will build on the success of the XC series, which was previously known by the code name “Cascade.” Shasta is named after a prominent volcano in northern California, located at the south end of the Cascade mountain range that runs through Oregon and Washington into Canada. It's targeted for release in 2018.
What is Aurora?
Aurora is the name of the Argonne National Laboratory supercomputing system from Cray based on the next-generation supercomputer architecture code-named “Shasta." Aurora will be built in partnership with Intel Corporation.
What is CORAL?
CORAL is a Department of Energy collaboration between Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories to deliver state-of-the-art leadership-caliber supercomputing systems to the scientific community.