NCSA Celebrates 30 Years

Congratulations to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on their 30th anniversary of solving complex problems in science and society. Cray and NCSA have grown together over three decades of high performance computing leadership. Their Cray “Blue Waters” petascale supercomputer powers research in the U.S. academic community and enables innovation in a broad range of areas including disease modeling, Arctic mapping and predicting solar superstorms. ... [ Read More ]

Virtual Archaeology: Bringing History Alive with Supercomputing

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre currently houses “Magnus,” a Cray® XC40™ performance computer that is the most powerful research supercomputer in the southern hemisphere. Magnus supports more than 800 Australian researchers to produce significant and fascinating research results. Located in Perth, Western Australia, the centre is staffed by more than 40 talented individuals who help those researchers realize the full potential of Magnus. Every so often, a project is proposed which at first glance doesn't quite fit Magnus' usual purpose as an engine for science. One such project is the Sydney-Kormoran Project, being conducted by Andrew Woods, Joshua Hollick and Andrew Hutchison from Curtin University. In 1941, during World War II, the ... [ Read More ]

Behind the Name: “Beagle” and “Beagle-2”

How do Cray customers name their systems? An occasional look at the stories behind the names. . From 1831 to 1836, Charles Darwin journeyed around the world as the naturalist aboard the HMS Beagle. His diary of that expedition, detailing the specimens he collected and the revolutionary ideas they sparked, were collected in “The Voyage of the Beagle,” published in 1839. Twenty years later, those ideas would mature into “On The Origin of Species,” Darwin’s argument for natural selection and the dawn of modern evolutionary biology. The voyage of our Beagle began in 2010, when the Computation Institute — a joint initiative of the University of Chicago (UChicago) and Argonne National Laboratory — purchased the Cray® XE6™ supercomputer with ... [ Read More ]

5 Predictions of Where Supercomputing is Heading in 2016

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From new processor technologies to quantum computing, 2016 promises to be another exciting year for supercomputing. Here are five predictions as to how the industry will push ahead in 2016:    The year of progress in new processor technologies There are a number of exciting technologies we should see in 2016, and a leader will be Intel’s next-generation Xeon Phi coprocessor – a hybrid between an accelerator and general purpose processor. This new class of processors will have a large impact on the industry with its innovative design that combines a many-core architecture with general-purpose productivity. Cray, for example, will be delivering Intel Xeon Phi processors with some of our largest systems, including those going to Los ... [ Read More ]

Alan Turing Institute Will Lead Research in Data Science

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Cray is partnering with the Alan Turing Institute, the new U.K. data science research organization in London, to help the U.K. as it increases research in data science to benefit research and industry. Earlier this month Fiona Burgess, U.K. senior account manager, and I attended the launch of the institute. At the event, U.K. Minister for Science and Universities Jo Johnson paid tribute to Turing and his work. Institute director Professor Andrew Blake told the audience that the Turing Institute is about much more than just big data – it is about data science, analysing that data and gaining a new understanding that leads to decisions and actions. Alan Turing was a pioneering British computer scientist. He has become a household name ... [ Read More ]