Cray, Fujitsu Form Supercomputer Dev’t Partnership

Cray and Fujitsu have signed an alliance agreement to develop a supercomputer that uses the latter’s high-memory bandwidth processor designed to support high-performance computing and artificial intelligence functionalities.

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise company said Tuesday that the Fujitsu A64FX processor offers a theoretical memory bandwidth of more than 1 terabyte per second and can be used on the Cray CS500 supercomputer.

The Arm-based processor also includes scalable vector extensions that may help accelerate processing for analytics and AI applications.

Fred Kohout, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Cray, said the partnership supports exploratory development efforts involving the Cray programming environment and Fujitsu's Arm processors supported by SVE and high-bandwidth memory.

Entities like the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos and Oak Ridge national laboratories have expressed interest in the integrated offering. 

Cray and Fujitsu plan to conduct future collaborative efforts and launch the new supercomputer in the market by mid-2020.

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