Cray’s New Urika-XC Suite: the Convergence of Supercomputing and Analytics

Cray today announced the launch of the Cray® Urika®-XC analytics software suite, which brings graph analytics, deep learning and robust big data analytics tools to the company’s flagship line of Cray® XC™ supercomputers. The Cray Urika-XC analytics software suite empowers data scientists to make breakthrough discoveries previously hidden within massive datasets, and achieve faster time to insight while leveraging the scale and performance of Cray XC supercomputers. With the Urika-XC software suite, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads can run alongside scientific modeling and simulations on XC supercomputers, eliminating costly and time-consuming movement of data between systems. Cray XC customers will be able to run ... [ Read More ]

Leidos and Cray to Offer Multi-Level Security Solutions

Cray and Leidos, a global science and technology solutions leader, have signed a strategic alliance agreement to offer Multi-Level Security (MLS) solutions that include the Cray® CS™ series of cluster supercomputers to federal and commercial customers. Customers are facing rapidly evolving challenges: increasing cyberattacks, a competition-driven need to reduce time to market and a constant focus on increasing efficiencies. Through this strategic alliance, Leidos and Cray can now work together to expand current MLS solutions that are designed to give customers the ability to: Manage risk and collaborate more efficiently by allowing teams at varying security clearances to access the same system in a single environment, while ... [ Read More ]

Cray System Helps Cut Jet Fuel Burn by 15 Percent

Consider the engine power required to get a plane off the ground. And then consider the engineering that goes into it. Brian Mitchell does. Every day. The senior principal engineer at GE Global Research leads the development of GE’s in-house computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. Engineers utilize CFD to design better compressor blades, fan blades, turbine blades — all the stuff of the modern jet engine. “What we do is write the software that GE Aviation uses to simulate the air flow in jet engines,” says Dr. Mitchell. In fact, engine design, CFD — and the powerful computers to process it all — have a strongly symbiotic relationship. Market demand for more fuel-efficient engines requires more creative designs. Those designs ... [ Read More ]

Cray CEO Discusses New Supercomputing as a Service

Cray’s president and chief executive officer, Peter Ungaro, offers insights into the company’s new supercomputing-as-a-service offering, in partnership with Markley. The first industry offering is the Cray® Urika®-GX agile analytics platform for life sciences organizations. Q: Pete, tell us about this announcement. Ungaro: One of the things that customers have been asking us for is the ability to get access to a Cray supercomputer in different ways, other than purchasing one, putting it into their datacenter and managing it themselves, as not all customers have the facility, staff or budget. Some want the option to use OpEx dollars and to not have to host and manage the system themselves. Our first example of this was our partnership ... [ Read More ]

Cray Users from Around the World Meet at CUG 2017

Across Lake Washington from Cray’s downtown Seattle headquarters is the small city of Redmond, Wash. Redmond is best known as the home of Microsoft. But last week, it was the location for this year’s Cray User Group (CUG) conference. The Cray User Group is an independent, international corporation of member organizations that own Cray Inc. computer systems. The annual CUG conference brings together users from around the world to share several days of tutorials, technical sessions and networking. I serve on the CUG board of directors as the Cray advisor, a role I’ve enjoyed for more than 10 years. New to the program this year was an analytics track, which included a panel discussion titled “Future Directions of Data Analytics and ... [ Read More ]