Cray “Blue Waters” Supercomputer Tackles Gerrymandering

Yan Liu and Wendy K. Tam Cho

Redistricting — the process by which congressional and state legislative district boundaries are drawn — sounds like an unremarkable government chore. And, in theory, it should be. But, too often, it is subject to “gerrymandering,” or manipulation, by the majority political party. Decades ago, University of Illinois political science professor Wendy K. Tam Cho (pictured above) realized that what’s needed is a computational tool that would help the courts objectively measure the fairness of a legislative map. She developed a tool that could generate hundreds of millions of voter district maps that would serve as a “comparison set” — a way to measure the level of partisanship exhibited by any particular electoral map. But any further work ... [ Read More ]

Another Exciting Year

As we near the end of 2013, Cray is closing out one of the most transformative years in our long and proud history. In just this year alone, we successfully integrated two strategic acquisitions, won a number of large supercomputing contracts at customer sites around the world, significantly expanded our business and portfolio of solutions, continued to build the financial strength of the company, and added a host of highly-talented individuals to our team. It’s been quite a year! Since the early days of our company, starting with our iconic founder Seymour Cray, we have been a trusted partner to customers around the world with a commitment to do two things really well:  be focused on their success and help them to see around the next ... [ Read More ]

Cray Roundtable Leads to Key Discussions on HPC Needs in Academia

The steady advancement of computational and storage technologies available in modern supercomputing is changing how colleges and universities train future scientists, engineers and other professionals. It is also leading to a shift in how they enable faculty members and commercial partners to do the kind of ground-breaking research that has come to be expected in academia. At Cray, we want to both anticipate and embrace advances, and we recently hosted a higher-education roundtable discussion at the XSEDE Conference to engage in some serious talks about how supercomputing technologies need to change in light of new needs in academia. ... [ Read More ]

Higher-ed turns to data-intensive computing

Cray has long played a vital role in the higher education community. We value the scientific advances made by researchers in academia and are committed to supporting them with some of the most powerful, and flexible, high-performance computing technologies in the world. To find out more about what we are doing in academia and where we see the industry heading, consider spending some time with us at the upcoming Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project conference. Cray at XSEDE ​The XSEDE project is focused on "advancing science, engineering research and education" and Cray is a key player in these areas. With supercomputers at different performance tiers ranging from technical enterprise systems to ... [ Read More ]