Cray Users from Around the World Meet at CUG 2017

Across Lake Washington from Cray’s downtown Seattle headquarters is the small city of Redmond, Wash. Redmond is best known as the home of Microsoft. But last week, it was the location for this year’s Cray User Group (CUG) conference. The Cray User Group is an independent, international corporation of member organizations that own Cray Inc. computer systems. The annual CUG conference brings together users from around the world to share several days of tutorials, technical sessions and networking. I serve on the CUG board of directors as the Cray advisor, a role I’ve enjoyed for more than 10 years. New to the program this year was an analytics track, which included a panel discussion titled “Future Directions of Data Analytics and ... [ Read More ]

High School Students Thinking Big – Really Big

In February, Cray received a letter from Hugo, a 10th-grade student at John F. Kennedy Middle College High School in Norco, Calif. We receive many letters from people with a variety of questions or suggestions, so we can’t always respond, but the letter from Hugo was particularly intriguing. In the letter, Hugo writes: “I am writing you this letter because of a request I have to solve this math equation, Y = 259,496,785,246,945,100,035.25 * (204,596,735,436,300,431,333,445 ^ 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)” I showed the letter to Steve Scott, Cray’s CTO. Steve quickly became intrigued with the enormity of the problem and how best to respond. In a letter back to Hugo, Steve ... [ Read More ]

CUG’14 Just Around the Corner

It’s time again for the annual Cray User Group meeting. This year’s event will be hosted by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in the picturesque town of Lugano, Switzerland. From May 4-8 Cray users and system owners from around the world will congregate to collaborate and share their experiences. A contingent of Cray employees will join them to hear straight from the customer and to present tutorials and technical papers. While the conference will include several interesting networking events in beautiful venues, this is first and foremost a technical conference whose goal is to facilitate collaboration and information exchange in the Cray user community. This annual conference gives CUG members the opportunity to share and ... [ Read More ]

It’s A Wrap

And another successful SC conference comes to a close. We had a fabulous week at SC13 with a busy booth and even busier briefing rooms. It all started off with a bang on Monday night with the unveiling of our new booth where we served up free Colorado microbrews and celebrated another year of new faces, new products, and new customers. Visitors to our exhibit were met with more racks of computing, storage, and analytics products than ever before. This year, Cray and three of our staff members were recognized in a special silver anniversary ceremony recognizing companies and individuals who have participated in all 25 annual SC conferences. Also in honor of this special anniversary we displayed an historic Cray-1 module and a life-size ... [ Read More ]

What’s Around the Corner?

It starts with the excitement and anticipation. Then it’s down to business — making lists, counting days, packing and shipping, and maybe just a little bit of stress. No, I’m not talking about getting ready for the holidays. I’m talking about SC13! We’re less than one week away from the biggest event of the year for Cray. The annual supercomputing conference (SC) will kick off on November 17 in Denver, Colorado. SC brings together some of the best minds in the world to both share and hear about our rapidly changing industry. It’s also a week where we celebrate noteworthy achievements — from scientific breakthroughs to new and innovative products that will ultimately turn great ideas into brilliant discoveries. This year marks the 25th ... [ Read More ]