For the technical enterprise, Cray also offers the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer. Both the XC30-AC and the CS300 are built for the same type of workload, though the CS300 offers more flexibility in terms of substituting different hardware and system software, whereas the XC30-AC offers a more tightly integrated package that reduces the amount of system administration needed, Bolding said.
The XC30-AC runs Intel Xeon processors and can range in size from one to eight cabinets, for a maximum of 1,024 sockets. Each cabinet consists of 16 vertical compute blades. The system can execute from 22 to 176 teraflops (trillion floating point operations per second). It runs on the Cray Linux operating system and comes with a number of HPC (high-performance computing) application development tools. It is designed to accommodate the computational needs of 100 to 1,000 users at one time. System cost ranges from $500,000 to $3 million.