Supercomputing Matters: SC14 in Retrospect

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SC14, the premier event in the HPC industry, has wound to a close in New Orleans. It’s interesting to look back and contemplate the validity of this year’s theme, “HPC Matters,” the success of the conference and the vitality of the industry. Our industry has seen the ebb and flow of the relevance of supercomputing, and the fortunes of Cray have often paralleled those of this event (or visa versa). This year was no exception and SC14 was a resounding success for Cray and for the industry. With more than  10,000 attendees and 356 exhibitors it was a full show and the work never stopped. As I walked the show floor — logging about 5 miles a day — I was struck by the number of Cray customers. They were everywhere, either with booths of their own … [Read more...]

Back to Warp Speed, Scotty!

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Aren’t supercomputers already supposed to be moving at “warp” speed? Well, multi-petaflops anyway? With computing challenges getting more demanding and datasets getting more massive, it is not as easy as Captain James Kirk asking Scotty for more power. Supercomputers and their associated storage systems are getting larger each year, but a performance inefficiency is emerging between the compute nodes and the disk systems where the parallel file systems are located. The overall performance of application execution on supercomputing systems is subject to the efficiency of the data movement between a tier of spinning disks and the memory where the codes are actually executing. Cray has been collaborating with some of the most … [Read more...]

Cray’s Commitment to Lustre and OpenSFS

The information technology industry continues to evolve from simple sensors to powerful supercomputers.

At Cray, we are a big user and investor in Lustre. Because Lustre is such a great fit for HPC, we deploy it with almost all of our systems. We even sell and deliver Lustre storage independent of Cray compute systems. But Lustre is not (yet) the perfect solution for distributed and parallel-I/O, so Cray invests a lot of time and resources into improving, testing, and honing it. We collaborate with the open-source Lustre community on those enhancements and development. In fact, Cray is a leader in the Lustre community through our involvement in OpenSFS. OpenSFS is a nonprofit technical organization focused on high-end open-source scalable file system technologies, primarily Lustre. OpenSFS aims to foster collaboration among entities … [Read more...]

[Infographic] Specializing in Workflow-Driven Storage

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Modeling efforts of staggering scale, simulations performed in high-definition resolutions and big data initiatives are all driving data-intensive research projects in contemporary high-performance computing environments. At Cray, we are responding to rising storage requirements across a variety of storage workflows, from ingest to archive. Bringing our experience We currently have such a large user base of customers running Lustre systems that more than 120 petabytes of data capacity has been deployed on Cray® supercomputers and big data systems. Furthermore, we co-founded OpenSFS and are among the partners in the open-source Lustre movement. We have the experience to give you the storage functionality you need for your HPC … [Read more...]

Infographic: The Cray Transformation

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At Cray, we have been building high-performance computing systems for more than 40 years. Over that time, we have stood firm at the cutting edge of technology developments, providing our customers with the tools they need to solve some of the most rigorous computational problems. This infographic exemplifies our transformation and broadened product portfolio to include supercomputing, storage and big data solutions. … [Read more...]