Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

CS300-AC (1) FINA2L

Over the last 12 months, I have felt more like a racecar driver than the CEO of Cray. We have been moving at NASCAR-like speed in almost every aspect of our business, while at same time leveraging the amazing technical leadership capabilities of our teams to do some things that Cray has never done before.   In the last year alone, we have: Built the largest supercomputer in the history of our company and the fastest storage subsystem ever built with the Blue Waters system at the University of Illinois (thanks to NCSA for using our Cray XE6 and Sonexion storage systems); Built the #1 system on the TOP500 list (congrats to Oak Ridge with their Cray XK7 supercomputer named “Titan”); Delivered the biggest supercomputer … [Read more...]

Big IO for Big Oil: Perspectives from the Rice Oil & Gas Workshop

Oil and gas event

A number of Cray folks attended the Rice Oil & Gas workshop in Houston last Thursday, February 28th.  It was incredible visiting such an influential group of energy leaders.  Most of the major US oil & gas companies and service providers were there. The morning keynote was presented by Dirk Smit, VP of Exploration Technology and Chief Scientist Geophysics, Innovation and R&D, at Shell.   In the keynote, Compute Challenges to Meet Future Energy Demands, he stated that supplying the world’s water and food will become progressively critical. According to the LA Times, we’re adding more than 70-million people a year to the planet.  Supplying water and food to them will demand new research and investments. In upstream oil & … [Read more...]

The Dawn of Big-Fast-Data

Binary Tunnel

In computing today we’re surrounded by the term Big Data. In fact it’s even beginning to invade some areas of popular culture. Whether it’s through Microsoft's SkyDrive, Adobe's Creative Cloud, Steam's gaming portal or the video industry with Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, Big Data and its relationship to cloud storage is something that impacts people worldwide. Big Data is commonly talked about in terms of the “three Vs” -- Volume: the ability to process large quantities of data; Velocity: the rate at which the data is growing; and Variety: the forms, shapes and relationships of the data. Today I will be discussing what Cray is doing to enhance the movement of huge quantities of data for processing to meet the grow analysis demands around the … [Read more...]

Big IO to Support Climate Change Research and Weather Prediction

Big IO- Storage

Knowledge matters when it comes to humanity's response to climate change. Global warming and severe weather can threaten lives, especially as impacts worsen over time.  The ability to predict severe weather and anticipate climate change is, therefore, essential to saving many lives and building a future in the changing world. Supercomputers can play a major role in this process because high performance computing systems provide the storage and big data capabilities necessary to support earth system science research efforts. Many of the largest weather prediction and climate research centers in the world work with Cray.  What people may not know is that Cray is a one the leaders in providing  scalable storage solutions for prediction and … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Cray blog

Welcome to the Cray blog, where we will discuss many of the most important trends in the data center industry.

At Cray we pride ourselves in offering some of the most powerful and advanced  supercomputing technologies in the world through a comprehensive portfolio of high performance computing (HPC) systems, storage and Big Data solutions. We've been building supercomputing products for 40 years and can offer our customers consistent performance that is unparalleled from a scalability and reliability perspective. What we stand for at Cray These capabilities have set us apart from many supercomputing designers, but our care for our customers is among our greatest assets. Cray is focused on developing the best and most innovative systems that enable researchers in any discipline to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenges. We … [Read more...]