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Push the boundaries of supercomputing with Cray

Since Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) purchased the first Cray-1 supercomputer in 1976, government and defense agencies have continuously pushed the boundaries of supercomputing – they’ve broken the teraflops and petaflops barriers and are poised to reach exaflops by the end of the decade.

These agencies, both in the U.S. and worldwide, operate some of the largest, most advanced computing facilities in the world. Cray's scalable and innovative computing and storage architectures have been key enablers in security operation centers push for ever-faster, more capable supercomputing.

Today, Cray systems are operating at renowned security operation centers including LANL and several other U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Australia. Strategically important to national and industrial competitiveness, these facilities are working with Cray to continuously push the boundaries of supercomputing.

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National Nuclear Security Administration Ensures Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Stockpile with Cray XC40 “Trinity” Supercomputing Solution

Maintaining the safety, security and reliability of the country’s nuclear weapons is critical. The U.S. government formed the Stockpile Stewardship Program under the direction of the NNSA and selected an integrated Cray supercomputer, storage and I/O acceleration solution to provide the computational power they needed.

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Edison — A New Cray Supercomputer Advances Discovery at NERSC

Several users dicuss how Edison enables their research — which, as one scientist says, would "otherwise be impossible, too expensive or dangerous." 

Edison — Energy-Efficient Computing on NERSC's XC30 Supercomputer

See how Edison, an "incredibly efficient computer system," minimizes the energy required for cooling, enabling maximum computational power. NERSC built a hillside facility specifically for the XC30 system. 

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National Nuclear Security Administration Ensures Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Stockpile with Cray XC40 “Trinity” Supercomputing Solution

Maintaining the safety, security and reliability of the country’s nuclear weapons is critical. The U.S. government formed the Stockpile Stewardship Program under the direction of the NNSA and selected an integrated Cray supercomputer, storage and I/O acceleration solution to provide the computational power they needed.

NERSC Improves Overall HPC Energy Efficiency with Free Cooling and Technology Innovations of the Cray XC30 Supercomputer

While exascale systems are expected to produce unprecedented science, they are also expected to consume tens of megawatts of power. As power costs continue to rise, even modest improvements in the power required for cooling can translate to megawatts and mega dollars saved per year.

Research Team Pinpoints the Magnetic Moments of Nuclear Matter for First Time Ever with NERSC’s Cray XC Series ‘Edison’ Supercomputer

A team of nuclear physicists has made a key discovery in its quest to shed light on the structure and behavior of subatomic particles.

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