Cray has announced the Exascale Research Initiative less than a month after Intel said it was setting up an exascale research center with European partners. Cray’s partnership involves three European institutions, including the University of Edinburgh and the Swiss National Supercomputing Center.
The goal of the initiative is to build a supercomputer capable of performing an exaflop, a quintillion calculations per second, by the end of the decade. The research teams will collaborate with Cray’s European software partners. Cray has made an undisclosed investment in the University of Edinburgh’s new Exascale Technology Center, which is scheduled to be formally launched this month. The Swiss researchers are working with Cray as part of the HP2C program, which is studying future large-scale simulation applications.