Scalable Deep Learning with BigDL on the Urika-XC Software Suite

Deep-learning-based AI approaches have resulted in remarkable advancements in diverse fields such as computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing and bioinformatics. As part of our continuing efforts to offer customers a single system that can host both simulations and advanced data analytics, we recently launched the Cray® Urika®-XC analytics software suite, bringing graph analytics, deep learning and robust big data analytics tools to the company’s flagship line of Cray® XC™ supercomputers. An important piece of the Urika-XC suite is the BigDL deep learning framework. BigDL is a distributed deep learning library for Apache Spark™ developed inside Intel and contributed back to the open source community. ... [ Read More ]

Artificial Intelligence: Five Trends for 2018

As we start 2018 here at Cray, we believe artificial intelligence and, more specifically, deep learning will continue to dominate the emerging technology landscape conversation (and I know that some might argue block chain technologies have already surpassed AI, but that’s another conversation). Since we have several subject matter experts at Cray, I thought it might be a good idea to reach out to the Cray AI team and ask them, “What is a trend for AI or deep learning you expect in 2018?” Rangan Sukumar, analytic architect in our CTO office: • Mathematical/algorithmic innovations will dictate hardware/system requirements: Algorithmic cleverness, mathematical approximations and sub-precision tweaks have enabled a 7-10x speed-up, mostly ... [ Read More ]

Data Analytics Rule at Spark Summit West 2017

Spark Summit West is always well attended, and this year was no exception. Data engineers, data scientists, programmers, architects and technology enthusiasts descended on San Francisco’s Moscone Center earlier this month to learn all about the latest developments with Apache Spark™ and its massive ecosystem. Complexity of analytics use cases and data science was a dominant theme throughout this year’s event. The keynote by the CEO and co-founder of Databricks, Ali Ghodsi, highlighted some of the challenges with implementing large-scale analytics projects. Ghodsi discussed how the continued growth of Apache Spark has resulted in myriad innovative uses cases, from churn analytics to genome sequencing. These applications are ... [ Read More ]

Cray Analytics and Alluxio – Wrangling Enterprise Storage

For business to not just survive — but to flourish — it’s become imperative to make decisions with near immediacy, continuously pivot strategy and tactics, and merge streams of inquiries into meaningful action. Executing requires high-frequency insights — the competitive advantage in today’s frenetic business landscape. Together with Alluxio, Inc., we enable businesses to gain the competitive advantage with faster time to insights with our integrated solution of Cray high-performance analytics platform and Alluxio’s memory-speed virtual storage system — Alluxio Enterprise Edition. For businesses on the cusp of innovation and seeking that information advantage, Cray has fused supercomputing with an open, standards-based framework to ... [ Read More ]

Big Data Analytics: How Much Will it Cost?

If you’re concerned about how long will it take before you see ROI from an investment in big data analytics technology, you’re not alone. According to research by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), 77 percent of individuals who lead their organizations’ big data and analytics strategies believe ROI can take six months to start showing up. Add to that the fact that data analytics technology is just one part of a much broader environment that cuts across numerous teams, and it’s no wonder that finding the best solution can be a daunting task. To help organizations sift through the challenges, ESG, an IT industry analysis and strategy firm, has published a white paper titled “Improving Analytics Economics with Cray; Comparisons to the ... [ Read More ]