Cray Swiss Clients Receive Innovation Award

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As we highlighted at the recent SC16 conference, Cray’s clients do amazing things that affect ordinary people every day. So it was nice to see MeteoSwiss (Switzerland’s Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology) and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), recognized for doing just that. The Swiss ICT Award 2016 honors MeteoSwiss and CSCS for their work on the COSMO Novel Expert Tool (COSMO-NExT). The award website explains: “The demands on the national weather service are continuously increasing. Weather simulations are essential for flight safety, storm warnings and in the event of nuclear or chemical disasters. In order to achieve accurate forecasts and create more realistic simulations, new and higher resolution ... [ Read More ]

The Cray® XC50™ and NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPU – the Next Giant Leap in Compute Performance

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Europe’s fastest supercomputer shoulders the challenges of the region’s toughest compute problems, from weather modeling to cosmology, and across a very broad range of other scientific domains. As the computational demands for this popular resource increase due to finer resolution on climatology models, more complex scientific computations, bigger datasets, and larger simulations, and as workloads diversify, the system needs to increase in capability and evolve while maintaining a fully utilized production environment. Based on challenging requirements like these, Cray developed the XCTM series supercomputers to easily support differing processor technologies in the same architecture. By leveraging the advantages of continuously changing ... [ Read More ]

A Super Interconnect for a Supercomputer

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  It’s hard to truly understand the capabilities of modern-day supercomputers, their constituent technologies and deeply evolved software stacks. Once in a while, a technologist (or a marketing person) will refer to the "Cray inside my cellphone" or compare IBM’s 1980s DASD storage (pronounced dasdee by old-timers) with today’s solid-state storage devices (likely found inside a cellphone as well), but those comparisons are typically made to marvel at today’s cellphones rather than to marvel at today’s supercomputers. (In fact, today’s supercomputers now have aggregate processing and storage capabilities that would easily translate to millions of those cellphone chips and SD cards.) Impressive as that “millions of cellphone ... [ Read More ]

Chapel Completes First “Summer of Code”

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The Chapel team recently concluded our first Google Summer of Code (GSoC), which we introduced in our spring blog post. GSoC is a program in which Google funds students around the world to spend their summers working on open-source projects. The process began with Chapel applying and being accepted as a mentor organization back in February. After mentor organizations were announced, students began working with the accepted organizations to lay the groundwork for their project proposals, which were submitted in March. Google provided Chapel with two student slots, a typical number for a first-year mentor organization. This made choosing students among the pool of 46 applicants challenging, as there were well over a dozen highly impressive ... [ Read More ]

NCSA Celebrates 30 Years

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Congratulations to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on their 30th anniversary of solving complex problems in science and society. Cray and NCSA have grown together over three decades of high performance computing leadership. Their Cray “Blue Waters” petascale supercomputer powers research in the U.S. academic community and enables innovation in a broad range of areas including disease modeling, Arctic mapping and predicting solar superstorms. ... [ Read More ]