I/O Accelerator Boosts MSC Nastran Simulations

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MSC Nastran is a widely used structural analysis applications, especially for large modal analysis (i.e., eigenvalue) simulations. It requires a high-capability I/O system for good throughput performance. However, good I/O performance on a cluster ... [ Read More ]

Graph: The Missing Link in Big Data Analytics

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Graph analytics is gaining traction in the world of big data and IoT. From solving real-world problems such as detecting cyberattacks and creating value from IoT sensor data to precisely identifying drug interactions faster than ever before, graph ... [ Read More ]

How the Cray Graph Engine Manages Graph Databases

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In part 1 of this series, we looked at why graph databases are worth considering. In summary, graph databases can answer complex questions that relational databases can’t. In this installment, we will look at how the Cray graph engine represents ... [ Read More ]

Getting Warp Speed for I/O

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The humorous statement by computer engineer Ken Batcher that "a supercomputer is a device for turning compute-bound problems into I/O-bound problems" is becoming more genuine, since I/O subsystems are typically slow compared to others parts of a ... [ Read More ]

Graph Databases 101

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Let’s talk about graph databases. Some industry watchers claim that they are the fastest-growing type of database. If so, maybe it’s useful to know more about them. Starting with the basics: What is a graph database, and what is it useful ... [ Read More ]

[Infographic] Risk Management & HPC

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In the post-2008 credit crisis world, risk evaluation by financial institutions has steadily increased in demand and complexity. Where large banks once performed risk analysis on a monthly basis, they’re now performing these calculations at least ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Blog Posts From 2015

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Happy New Year! Check out some of the top blog posts from 2015: Why Do Better Forecasts Matter? Meteorologists have been striving to increase the accuracy of their work since the first weather forecasts were issued in the mid-19th century by ... [ Read More ]

Can We Make Petabytes Useful?

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A recent article in Nature, “The Power of Petabytes”, by Michael Eisenstein, reviews how exponentially increasing life science data exceeds our present abilities to process and make sense of it. Even while continuing to grow unbounded, data sets are ... [ Read More ]

In Remembrance of Stephen Richards

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Stephen Richards, one of our longstanding Board members, recently passed away and I wanted to reflect on his contributions to Cray and the impact he had on me personally. Steve joined Cray’s Board of Directors in 2004, soon after I joined the ... [ Read More ]

European Researchers Model the Human Brain

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You may have seen recent news items regarding the Human Brain Project (HBP), a ten-year European neuroscience research initiative. Interactive computer simulation of brain models is central to its success. Cray was recently awarded a contract for the ... [ Read More ]

Six Ways to Say “Hello” in Chapel | Part 3

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This article concludes the introduction to Chapel via simple “Hello world” programs that I started in parts one and two of this series. In the previous articles, we’ve looked at serial and data-parallel approaches to saying “hello” in Chapel. This ... [ Read More ]