Cray to Sell Dell Servers in Clusters

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Dell Computer on Monday said it signed a three-year agreement for supercomputer maker Cray to sell Dell computers in high-performance computing clusters.

The terms were not disclosed.

Cray had been selling computing clusters, in which many small machines work simultaneously to create one computer with large processing capabilities, based largely on proprietary technology.

Dell says it expects demand for the computing clusters from oil companies doing seismic exploration as well as from academic institutions that are interested in the lower cost associated with a standardized server.

The Dell computer servers, which are called PowerEdge servers, are based on microchips from Intel and start at $75,000 for a cluster that includes eight separate processors.

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