Funded by NSF, the ISTeC Cray High Performance Computing System was built by Cray Inc., a computer company with a history of designing top supercomputers for industry, government and universities. The ISTeC Cray is a Model XE6 with 2,688 compute cores, 2.5 TB of main memory, a Gemini 3D-torus interconnect and 32 TB of disk storage.

The ISTeC Cray High Performance Computing System supports large and complex problems in science and engineering, especially for data intensive applications; adds greater physical fidelity to existing models; facilitates the application of computing to new areas of research and discovery; and supports training to attract new researchers to computational science, engineering and mathematics.

A principal focus of the system will be data- and compute-intensive applications in NSF-funded research areas at CSU.