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 ]

Markley and Cray Offer Supercomputing as a Service

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. and Markley, a premier provider of datacenter space and cloud computing services, today announced a partnership to provide supercomputing-as-a-service solutions that combine the power of Cray supercomputers with the premier hosting capabilities of Markley. Through the partnership, Markley will offer Cray supercomputing technologies, as a hosted offering, and both companies will collaborate to build and develop industry-specific solutions. The availability of sought-after supercomputing capabilities both on-premises and in the cloud has become increasingly desirable across a range of industries, including life sciences, bio-pharma, aerospace, government, banking and more – as organizations work to ... [ Read More ]

Cray Announces Production-Ready AI Cluster Supercomputers

Cray today announced the launch of two new Cray® CS-Storm™ accelerated cluster supercomputers – the Cray CS-Storm 500GT and the Cray CS-Storm 500NX. Purpose-built for the most demanding artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, the new Cray systems will provide customers with powerful, accelerator-optimized solutions for running machine learning and deep learning applications. The new CS-Storm systems are designed for organizations looking for the fastest path to new discoveries, a building block approach to scalability, and the assurance of collaborating with a trusted partner with a long history of designing and deploying tightly integrated, highly scalable systems. Leveraging NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU accelerators, the new CS-Storm systems ... [ Read More ]

Original Cray-1 Supercomputer Unveiled in Seattle

If seeing an original Cray-1 or Cray-2 supercomputer is on your bucket list, it’s time to book a trip to Seattle. Living Computers: Museum + Labs, which offers hands-on experiences with all types of computers, has added two of the most important supercomputers ever created to its permanent collection. The Cray-1 supercomputer is now on display at Living Computers. It will be joined later this year by the Cray-2 supercomputer. Living Computers intends to recommission the Cray-2 and make it available to the public. The world’s first supercomputer, the 1965 Control Data Corporation 6000 series, was designed by the brilliant engineer Seymour Cray and represented a threefold increase in computing power. Living Computers, which has the world’s ... [ Read More ]