[Video] Innovative HPC Models Give Oil and Gas Companies an Edge

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  As worldwide demand for energy continues to rise, the oil industry is working to satisfy demand for the hydrocarbon part of that equation. High performance computing is becoming critical to companies that are seeking new sources of hydrocarbons and trying to maximize existing reserves. At Cray, we’ve been working hard to stay ahead of oil and gas companies’ needs, and our efforts over the past few years have made our solutions an excellent match for them. Understanding the HPC problems facing oil and gas organizations Traditionally, efforts to improve seismic processing throughput have come from a match between the availability of newer CPUs featuring faster clock speeds, and new algorithms designed to take advantage of ... [ Read More ]

Cray’s Innovative Analytics System Named “Best of Show”

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At last week’s Bio-IT Conference & Expo, Cray’s Urika-XA™ extreme analytics platform was selected as Best of Show in the IT Infrastructure and Hardware category. For Cray, this recognition was a validation of the work we’ve undertaken in recent years to leverage our experience and expertise in supercomputing and analytics and apply it to the unique challenges of the life sciences industry. I’d like to highlight the three reasons I believe we were selected. First, for IT organizations in the life sciences, the struggle to address two corporate imperatives — reducing the costs of computing while enabling the timely delivery of results from complex computing tasks — creates an almost overwhelming challenge. For many companies, a shift ... [ Read More ]

New Computational Tools Leverage Hadoop® and Spark™ for NGS Workflows

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Life sciences research continues to evolve rapidly. While structural biology, drug discovery and materials science are still important, we’re seeing an increasing focus on analytics and the more effective use of data. The race to understand patients and diseases at the molecular level to achieve precision medicine is fueling this shift. Recently my colleague, Ted Slater, wrote about precision medicine and the role genomics is having in improving cancer care. The development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies is explosively growing the use of genomics for research related to human disease, agriculture and evolutionary sciences; with new developments aimed at greater accuracy, faster results and lower costs. With the rapid ... [ Read More ]

The Best Practices are No Longer the “Best” Practices – Part II

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Earlier this week, I shared my views about best practices and cybersecurity. Now I want to move beyond best practices as your sole defense. The traditional cybersecurity mindset is one of prevention, believing threats cannot penetrate — and this is why security plans fail. It’s easy to assume defenses are successful against an insidious threat. Metrics will show an effective compliance program, intrusion detection and access denial. Yet to take for granted that the threat is gone, rather than having simply moved to another path within your network, is foolhardy. Assuming there are numerous threats to your security measures that are coming in a dynamic and continuous fashion may seem paranoid, but just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean ... [ Read More ]

The Best Practices are No Longer the “Best” Practices – Part I

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There was a time when information systems security was simpler. It focused on the appropriate time frame to take a sample of a one-dimensional system log that tracked events like blocked traffic, virus detection and machines taken off-line. Reporting on routine operations is a best practice, and following best practices is always… well… a good practice. Include some metrics for the percentage of your personnel trained in cyber risk avoidance and endpoint compliance and you have a nice corporate report. But, does it really mean anything? Clearly, the continuous barrage of media reports on breaches, data theft and cybercrime are not abating. In today’s Cray blog post, I would like to take you through a few cybersecurity “best practices” ... [ Read More ]