Managing Data from High-Performance Lustre to Deep Tape Archives

TAS

On September 17 we will present Cray’s Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) solution at the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) event in Germany. Session topics will include managing and preserving research data and infrastructures to support preservation of data at scale. Cray has a natural interest in contributing to these areas because a large number of our customers run Lustre® file systems. As of today, more than 120 petabytes of data capacity has been deployed on Cray supercomputers. Our customers produce enormous amounts of simulation data every day with the numerical models they use in science and engineering. Data protection policies apply to a significant portion of that data, and it frequently needs to be … [Read more...]

This Is Not Your Grandmother’s Accelerated System

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Last week we announced the GPU-dense Cray CS-Storm cluster supercomputer, a highly innovative production system for application acceleration. This system is a milestone for Cray and will provide researchers and end users with one of the most high performance systems available for accelerated application workloads. Let me describe the perfect storm of events that make NOW the right time for this type of solution.       Advanced Accelerator Technology Accelerator technology is advancing rapidly. With its ultra-fast ECC on-package memory and full double-precision floating point performance, the NVIDIA® Tesla™ K40 GPU accelerator makes it the right technology for productive work. Software Maturity and … [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 perfect solution for distributed and parallel-I/O, so Cray invests a lot of time and resources into improving, testing, and honing it. We collaborate with the open-source Lustre community on those enhancements and development. In fact, Cray is a leader in the Lustre community through our involvement in OpenSFS. OpenSFS is a nonprofit technical organization focused on high-end open-source scalable file system technologies, primarily Lustre. OpenSFS aims to foster collaboration among entities … [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 dictionary! Thanks to this amazeballs rise of new terms due to popular culture and technology (special shout out to Jay Z and Kayne West for this one), cray is now an official term in the Oxford English dictionary and that is definitely cray cray. We at Cray have been working on a few cray technologies that we believe have had some small effect on changing our world for the better (humblebrag). Popular “word-technology” should not be an exception to the areas in which we make … [Read more...]

Unconventional ways Supercomputers are Used: Part 2

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We talk a lot about how high performance computing systems are on the forefront of science, but it's also fun to take a step back and look at some of the more unusual ways that supercomputers are impacting our lives. In a previous post, I discussed how supercomputing systems are being used in everything from ice cream physics to baseball and dirty diapers. Now we're back with part two of our series on unconventional uses of supercomputers. The Lord of the Rings Considering this movie’s high-flying, detailed special effects, I'm not surprised the director, Peter Jackson, turned to supercomputing to help create these lifelike experiences. To make the weather, buildings and vegetation accurate enough to turn J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth … [Read more...]