Cray CEO to Speak on the Convergence of Big Data and Supercomputing at TechIgnite

Cray president and CEO Peter Ungaro will give a presentation on “The Convergence of Big Data and Supercomputing” at TechIgnite, an IEEE Computer Society conference exploring the trends, threats and truth behind technology. The convergence of artificial intelligence technologies and supercomputing at scale is happening now. As a featured speaker at TechIgnite’s “AI and Machine Learning” track, Ungaro will examine how the convergence of big data and modeling and simulation run on supercomputing platforms at scale is creating new opportunities for organizations to discover innovative ways of extracting value from massive datasets. Cray’s history in supercomputing and analytics has given the company front-line experience in developing ... [ Read More ]

2017 Spark Summit East Reveals Progress but Not Disruption

This was a conference to marvel at — and not just for the lineup. How many gigs start with a New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade and end with a quasi-blizzard? Boston’s “ambiance” aside, engaged attendees sunk their teeth into a feast of tech, much of it centered on real-time performance of analytics workflows, especially in the context of the latest buzz — machine and deep learning (ML and DL), along with AI. It’s hard to believe we’re in the third wave of AI! I started contributing during the second wave in the late 1980s, doing research with neural networks and heuristic search algorithms to auto-sort packages for shipping companies. Among the challenges in the latest wave, tech like Apache® Spark™ plays a significant role on ... [ Read More ]

Machine Learning, Haystacks and Conversing Cars … at SC16

“Sometimes it’s harder to find the haystack than it is to find the needle” was our favorite quote from SC16 on Wednesday. Once again, SC16 is living up to its theme of “HPC Matters,” with speakers sharing examples from almost every area of daily life. Mark Staveley, Cray’s director of product management for machine learning, made the “haystack” comment while sharing insights on machine learning Wednesday at a Tech Talk at the Cray booth. For Mark’s brief intro to machine learning, check out this video. The Cray booth also hosted a Tech Talk by our friend Eric Lequiniou of Altair called “Can We Talk? Simulating Car-to-Car Communications with a Cray XC40.” Cray and Altair are using electromagnetic simulation to improve the design and ... [ Read More ]

Safe Data, Better Products and Precision Medicine: SC16 Spotlights HPC Achievements

Cray CTO Steve Scott

The ideas and achievements are flying at SC16, the international supercomputing convention running in Salt Lake City this week. And Cray is honored to be involved in so many of the ideas and achievements that its customers are talking about at the event, such as: Upping the game against cyber threats. Eric Dull of Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services described Deloitte’s partnership with Cray, which is applying Cray’s supercomputing expertise to the ever-growing problems of cyber crime. Groundbreaking advancements in product development: ANSYS announced today that it had set a new supercomputing world record by scaling ANSYS® Fluent® to over 172,000 computer cores on the HLRS supercomputer “Hazel Hen,” a Cray® XC40™ system. This ... [ Read More ]

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 ]