Cray unveils new branch of Cray XC30 product line

The new Cray XC30-AC is putting HPC capabilities into the hands of the technical enterprise segment.

Many businesses are facing a growing need to complete data-intensive research and simulations to support innovation. However, companies in the technical enterprise range rarely have the funds needed to invest in a high-end HPC data center, supercomputer and storage solution. Enter the new Cray XC30-AC™ supercomputer. Through a combination of integrated high-performance computing architecture and an efficient air-cooling system, the new branch of the Cray XC30™ product line can provide between 20 TF and 200 TF of performance at a price point ranging from $500 thousand to $3 million. A close look at the XC30-AC On the inside, the Cray XC30-AC supercomputer is not all that different from our liquid-cooled Cray XC30 system. The AC-version … [Read more...]

CUG 2013 Preview…On the Road to Napa

CUG 2013

The annual Cray User Group (CUG) meeting is just a week away. I always look forward to this opportunity to see and hear from our customers from around the world. They gather each May to share their experiences with their Cray systems, learn from their peers, hear from Cray’s partners and give us feedback on what we can do better. The week also provides plenty of time to meet new people and catch up with old friends. This year’s event will be in Napa Valley, California and hosted by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). CUG is an independent corporation of member organizations that own Cray systems. It actually runs independently of Cray Inc., but with very close ties.  Cray employees serve as Special Interest … [Read more...]

HPC solutions unlocking new climate and weather research capabilities

Cray is playing a major role in enabling advanced climate research.

Predicting the weather is so difficult that the hackneyed joke that weather forecasters are the only people who can be wrong all the time and still make a living had a grain of truth not all that long ago. This changed years ago however, as advances in meteorological studies and high-performance computing systems have allowed weather researchers to make much more accurate predictions and gain a better understanding of why weather patterns change direction or intensity. As a result, even when the local weather station is wrong, people can understand what happened and why the prediction was reasonable in the first place. Advances in high-performance computing have also had significant impacts in climate research, leading to considerable … [Read more...]

Data Intensive Cluster Supercomputing Contributes to Major Advance in Genetic Research

Supercomputing systems are enabling research advances in genetics.

A person's genes play a prominent role in dictating who they become. Genetics is about more than just determining the color of a person's eyes or hair. Genes can also impact how their brain develops and reveal any likelihood of a person being born with a mental disorder. The study of genetics has become a priority for many scientists because breakthroughs in such research could help medical professionals identify signs of mental disorders and possibly prevent such conditions from developing. Researchers recently used supercomputing capabilities to identify genetic patterns that could lead to autism and similar disorders. This advance could enable scientists to prevent such disorders from developing, the National Science Foundation (NSF) … [Read more...]