Another Exciting Year

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As we near the end of 2013, Cray is closing out one of the most transformative years in our long and proud history. In just this year alone, we successfully integrated two strategic acquisitions, won a number of large supercomputing contracts at customer sites around the world, significantly expanded our business and portfolio of solutions, continued to build the financial strength of the company, and added a host of highly-talented individuals to our team. It’s been quite a year! Since the early days of our company, starting with our iconic founder Seymour Cray, we have been a trusted partner to customers around the world with a commitment to do two things really well:  be focused on their success and help them to see around the next … [Read more...]

Cray’s Past Instrumental in Guiding its Future

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This past weekend, we used the occasion of Mr. Seymour Cray’s birthday to pay tribute to the visionary who started it all and is affectionately known as the “Father of Supercomputing.”  With a childhood interest in electronics and electrical devices, he began an early quest to create some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, and there is no doubt he has shaped and influenced today’s HPC industry. As a company, Cray was among the early information technology giants to emerge in the United States and has long striven to provide leadership in the sector. History often shapes the present and guides the future, and this is evident in Cray's direction. Our longstanding place in the HPC sector has given us the experience and expertise … [Read more...]

Open & Trusted Storage Solutions for Cluster Systems

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I’ve worked in the data management and storage business since 1999.  One of the things that struck me early on was how supply-side and proprietary the industry was.  Storage vendors often pushed extraneous hardware or over-provisioned configurations.  Systems were proprietary and didn’t interop.   You could not replicate data from vendor A’s system to vendor B’s system and the worst part was that customers often were burdened carrying the tab for years, integrating and making due with supply-side configurations. For example, one customer I worked with described how a storage vendor dropped the gear off at the loading dock and walked away.  The customer was stuck figuring out how to put the pieces together. In HPC, especially for … [Read more...]

Cray Scalable Storage for Seismic Processing: Using Cray Cluster Connect

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When I first joined Cray and heard what we were doing with the Lustre file system and the types of customers we were working with, it was obvious the company had something unique. One of those unique traits is that, unlike traditional storage vendors (aka suppliers), Cray understands parallel systems — from the apps on down to the storage — and delivering complete solutions that meet customers’ expectations (for performance, dependability and others). … [Read more...]

Supercomputer, Cluster, Cellphone – What’s the difference?

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Let’s admit it. Supercomputing is an interesting industry to work in, and this line of employment often generates some peculiar questions and thoughts from people trying to gain a better understanding of what it is that we actually design, develop, build and sell. I often hear the saying: “my cellphone is a supercomputer because it’s just as fast, or faster, than a supercomputer was 30 years ago. Believe it or not, you still cannot predict a tornado on a cellphone, it just won’t work. You need a supercomputer for that type of scientific prognostication.  While today’s smartphones are, well, smart, they’re not that smart. The saying does hold some deep truth for us about commoditization and technological evolution, but it misses the … [Read more...]