Cray has signed a $36 million contract to upgrade and expand the Cray XC supercomputers and Sonexion storage system at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). ECMWF will also receive additional Cray Sonexion 2000 scale-out Lustre storage, and a 32-node Cray XC40-AC system with the next-generation of the Intel Xeon Phi processor.
Consisting of products and multiple years of service, the contract to upgrade and expand the Cray systems at ECMWF is valued at more than $36 million. System deliveries are expected in 2016.
Cray was awarded a contract to provide ECMWF with two Cray XC30 supercomputers and a Cray Sonexion storage system in June 2013.
ECMWF is an intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 states. It provides weather services with medium-range forecasts of global weather to 15 days ahead as well as with monthly and seasonal forecasts.