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Cray Solutions for Chemistry and Life Sciences

Chemistry and life sciences knowledge is expanding as quickly as high performance computing can keep up. Cray systems are leading the way, facilitating molecular and biological simulations unthinkable just a few years ago.

DNA strandChemistry and life sciences present a tough challenge for high performance computing (HPC). Its study covers ranging, computationally intensive topics – from quantum mechanics to next-generation sequencing and medical imaging – and tackling these complex areas of inquiry tests the limits of HPC and is shaping the design future technologies.

Cray is meeting and mastering the challenges. The Cray XC30 and Cray XK7 systems have highly scalable networks and the unmatched compute density to handle the most challenging capability-computing needs. The capacity-oriented Cray CS300-AC and Cray CS300-LC cluster supercomputers offer high performance and maximum configuration flexibility. Cray storage and data management provides integrated, reliable and modular scale-out Lustre storage solutions that maximize file system performance and scalability at any size. And the Urika graph analytics appliance transforms Big Data problems into meaningful information.

Along with our current technologies, Cray is also working alongside life science researchers to leverage emerging compute and data-intensive technologies in support of further advances. HPCwire presented their 2013 Editors’ Choice Award for Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences to the NCSA “Blue Waters” system, using Cray technologies and NVIDIA GPUs to achieve breakthroughs in HIV capsid research.

Leaders in academia, healthcare and the chemical industry such as the University of Chicago, the Mayo Clinic, Pharma and P&G have chosen Cray to answer their HPC needs. Browse the resources below to meet our systems and see how our customers are using their Crays to transform fundamental life science research as well as explore emerging areas.


Case Studies

Blue Waters: Enabling Scientific Breakthroughs at the Petascale
Boron Nitride and the Nanoribbons of Tomorrow
ORNL and Purdue Explore Technology at the Nanoscale

Application, Solution and Technology Briefs

Cray Demonstrates Top-Level Performance and Scalability on Very Large Datasets with Velvet
Cray Solutions for Chemistry & Life Sciences
Cray Storage Solutions for Life Sciences
Cray Helps Tune Ray De Novo Genomic Assembler Software
Tuning NAMD on the Cray XK6 "Titan" Supercomputer

Blog Posts

University of Chicago Researchers Take Strides in Genome Sequencing

Cray Supercomputers Powering Scientific Research in Chemistry and Life Sciences

Another Milestone for Computational Chemistry

HPC Industry Poised to Support BRAIN Initiative (8.27.13)

Cray Participating in the 21st Annual International Conference on ISMB/ECCB (7.15.13)

NCKU Deploys Cray Supercomputer to Support Life Sciences Research (5.22.13)


Customer Solutions

OLCF: The Problem with Cellulosic Ethanol
OLCF: Supercomputers Simulate the Molecular Machines That Replicate and Repair DNA

Early Molecular Dynamics Research Blazes through Titan’s New GPUs

Beagle: The CI Supercomputer for Biomedical Simulations & Data Analysis at the University of Chicago

Computation Institute, University of Chicago, Beagle Newsletter


Cray's Barry Bolding on the World Genome Data Analysis Summit

Technical Papers

Genomic Applications on Cray supercomputers: Next Generation Sequencing Workflow
Human Analysts at Superhuman Scales