NCSA Celebrates 30 Years

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 ]

Cray recognized by Forrester and Gartner

Cray is fortunate to have earned the recognition and loyalty of customers worldwide. We’re also honored to receive industry recognition, as is the case with two recent reports from industry analyst firms Forrester and Gartner, the top research and advisory firms providing IT-related insights. Forrester notes Cray’s commitment to analytics The recognition from Forrester comes on the heels of Cray’s highly anticipated launch of the first agile analytics platform, the Cray® Urika®-GX system. The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems, Q2 2016 report named Cray a “Strong Performer.” In the report, Forrester defines Hadoop®-optimized systems as: Preconfigured hardware platforms comprising CPU, memory, and/or disk that are ... [ Read More ]

Optimizing Performance for Diverse Computing Requirements

When you have as many as 600 different projects and 6,000+ diverse users, how do you implement a supercomputing solution to address such a broad range of applications? How do you optimize the code performance across the grand variations? Based on challenging requirements like this, Cray developed the XCTM series supercomputers to support differing processor technologies in the same architecture. By leveraging the advantages of both multicore and many-core devices, these hybrid Cray systems can target the most appropriate technologies to get the best possible performance out of differing applications. With this in mind, Cray has delivered its insightful software tool stack with its highest-performing XCTM supercomputer configuration to ... [ Read More ]

Virtual Archaeology: Bringing History Alive with Supercomputing

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre currently houses “Magnus,” a Cray® XC40™ performance computer that is the most powerful research supercomputer in the southern hemisphere. Magnus supports more than 800 Australian researchers to produce significant and fascinating research results. Located in Perth, Western Australia, the centre is staffed by more than 40 talented individuals who help those researchers realize the full potential of Magnus. Every so often, a project is proposed which at first glance doesn't quite fit Magnus' usual purpose as an engine for science. One such project is the Sydney-Kormoran Project, being conducted by Andrew Woods, Joshua Hollick and Andrew Hutchison from Curtin University. In 1941, during World War II, the ... [ Read More ]

High School Students Thinking Big – Really Big

In February, Cray received a letter from Hugo, a 10th-grade student at John F. Kennedy Middle College High School in Norco, Calif. We receive many letters from people with a variety of questions or suggestions, so we can’t always respond, but the letter from Hugo was particularly intriguing. In the letter, Hugo writes: “I am writing you this letter because of a request I have to solve this math equation, Y = 259,496,785,246,945,100,035.25 * (204,596,735,436,300,431,333,445 ^ 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)” I showed the letter to Steve Scott, Cray’s CTO. Steve quickly became intrigued with the enormity of the problem and how best to respond. In a letter back to Hugo, Steve ... [ Read More ]