Student Teams Prepare for Cluster Showdown

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The annual Supercomputing conference, which will be held this year Nov. 16-21 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a can’t-miss event for the supercomputing world. It’s five days of exhibits, conferences and networking that showcase current innovations in ... [ Read More ]

Exascale Computing for Seismic Exploration

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The exascale race — toward machines capable of executing 1 quintillion (1018) operations per second — is well under way. The U.S., Japan, China and Europe have all established programs to enable exascale capabilities by around 2020. In the U.S., ... [ Read More ]

Cray’s Commitment to Lustre and OpenSFS

The information technology industry continues to evolve from simple sensors to powerful supercomputers.

At Cray, we are a big user and investor in Lustre. Because Lustre is such a great fit for HPC, we deploy it with almost all of our systems. We even sell and deliver Lustre storage independent of Cray compute systems. But Lustre is not (yet) the ... [ Read More ]

We think Cray is cray cool!

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cray (adj.): crazy, but without that time consuming extra syllable. Cray (n.): A Seattle, WA based manufacturer of awesomely powerful supercomputers for solving the world’s most challenging data-intensive problems! Hot-diggity, “cray” is in the ... [ Read More ]

I work with superheroes!

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The popularity of superheroes is timeless. And no wonder: It’s fun to think about a world populated by heroes with super-human intelligence, the ability to manipulate substances at the molecular level, and supersonic speed. I’ll bet you can guess ... [ Read More ]

What Should Your Big Data Strategy Be?

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In previous articles, I discussed some common big data problems and causes of the problems.  In the final part of this series, we can now get to the icing on the cake – your big data strategy. Read on, my friends. When do you have a big data ... [ Read More ]

Why Chapel? (Part 2)

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This is the continuation of my previous blog article describing why we are pursuing the development of the Chapel parallel programming language at Cray Inc. In that article, I argued for why the HPC community should consider pursuing productive new ... [ Read More ]

What are the Causes of Your Big Data Problem?

In my last blog, I shared some interesting articles and hopefully got you thinking, “Why can’t I solve my big data problems with all this progress in technology?” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s start with the cause of the problem. Why ... [ Read More ]

The Definition of Insanity

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Almost ten years ago, when I was working at Pfizer, I wrote a position paper for a W3C Workshop on Semantic Web in Life Sciences. In that paper, I pointed out several vexing problems then faced by pharmaceutical researchers that I thought could be ... [ Read More ]

Why Chapel?

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In previous articles for this blog, I’ve provided a high-level overview of Chapel, the parallel programming language that we’re developing at Cray Inc., and I’ve introduced Chapel’s iterators as a sample productivity-oriented feature. In this article ... [ Read More ]