Seymour Cray Award Nominations Due July 1

SeymourCray-blog

The IEEE Computer Society is accepting nominations for its annual Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, named in honor of Cray’s founder, who is frequently called the “father of supercomputing.” The society is also accepting awards for its 2015 Sidney Fernbach Award and Ken Kennedy Award (in conjunction with the Association for Computing Machinery). Nominations are due by July 1. The Seymour Cray Award recognizes “innovative contributions to high performance computing systems that best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray.” It was instituted in 1997, a year after Cray died. Cray’s own Steve Scott, chief technology officer, received the award in 2005, "For advancing supercomputer architecture through the ... [ Read More ]

Music and the Internet of Things at SXSW

SXSW

Every March the South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive festivals and conferences draw tens of thousands of artists, fans and techies to Austin, Texas. This year Cray was asked to join the Raptor House 2-day invitation-only music, culture and technology event, which has previously been attended by such varied guests as Deepak Chopra, Kanye West and Willie Nelson. I participated in a panel on the Internet of Things (IoT) — the network of “connected” devices such as smart cars, thermostats, electricity meters and wearables — and discussed some significant opportunities for using the large volumes of data generated by these devices. IDC estimates that by 2020 there will be 20 billion such devices on the Internet. While the ... [ Read More ]

The Increase in Processing Demands of Seismic Workloads Continues

Rice O&G

I always enjoy working with our oil and gas customers.  Like many of our research and scientific customers, their computational problems are challenging, difficult to solve and directly impact their business. Cray works closely with these customers to advance full-waveform inversion (FWI), reverse time migration (RTM) and other seismic workloads. Substantial challenges loom for this sector, as problem sizes, resolution requirements and business pressures to reduce computing costs all continue to increase. The historical answers to seismic computing challenges have included raw improvements in hardware subsystems; however, we are at a point where a number of conventional performance indicators are declining: Single core/thread ... [ Read More ]

Sport Analytics: Who is Really All-In?

Baseball Cray Blog

Who is the ‘Mystery' MLB Team that has a Cray Supercomputer? It is a great story, but after two decades in the U.S. Special Operations Command and another 10 years building and operating capabilities for the government as a defense contractor, I fully understand the power of a secret. My colleague, Nick Davis, recently expressed his frustrations at not being able to tell the world more about our involvement in Major League Baseball (MLB). I could not agree more, because working with our mystery team, bringing the advanced analytics capabilities of our Urika-GD™ graph discovery appliance to baseball, has been one of my most prized experiences. And now to have the writers at ESPN The Magazine mistakenly associate us with the Houston ... [ Read More ]

Realizing GPU Computation at Scale

GTC 2015

A “perfect storm” is brewing: Data volumes are increasing exponentially, mathematical models are growing ever more sophisticated and computationally intensive, but power and cooling are limiting the systems that can be deployed. These considerations are driving the use of GPUs as accelerators for computationally intense workloads. Accelerators are commonly deployed in a 1:1 configuration with conventional CPUs. Applications typically run across the two types of processors, with 95 percent of the application running on the conventional CPU and the computationally intense 5 percent running on the accelerator. However, in many applications this is still not sufficient. Many applications in financial services, the oil and gas sector, signal ... [ Read More ]