Exascale Can’t Wait: Cray for Oil & Gas in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

A path to exascale in upstream oil and gas processing with Cray in the Microsoft Azure cloud At the 11th annual Rice Oil and Gas HPC Conference (March 12-13), a premier industry event, many presentations will address the (mostly US) exascale roadmap with emphasis on algorithm development and applications enablement to make this program especially relevant in oil and gas. This author has long stated how “a perfect storm in seismic processing requirements is ensuring that the O&G industry will be an early adopter of exascale computing technologies.” That was in 2014, before the great oil crash. For a long while this author feared he was going to have to eat crow. After all, how much supercomputing power is needed to run a shale play? ... [ Read More ]

Five Things You Need to Know About Cray Supercomputing in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

1. It’s the cloud, without compromise (and it’s OK to be selfish). It’s really yours and you can finally say you have your very own dedicated (reserve instance) Cray supercomputer running your (big ole) workloads with the system performance and scalability only provided by Cray. You’re not buying time or sharing resources. You won’t have tedious job wait times. It’s very simply your Cray in Azure. 2. Datacenter? You don’t need no stinking datacenter. Your new, customized Cray supercomputer will reside in a Microsoft Azure datacenter, so you don’t have to worry about finding space, power, cooling, etc. Trust me, your CFO will thank you! 3. What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud. With supercomputing capabilities ... [ Read More ]

Cray and Microsoft Partner to Bring Cray Supercomputers to Azure

This week we announced an exciting new strategic alliance with Microsoft that will make Cray systems available in Microsoft Azure, giving users access to all the supercomputing power they need without the overhead of owning and maintaining a datacenter. Cray in Azure will open up the power of supercomputing to a broad new cross-section of businesses and organizations with growing mission-critical, scalable applications needs. The dramatic growth in AI, machine and deep learning, and data analytics is driving the need for scalable simulation capability — and vice-versa — in a virtuous cycle where companies and organizations will vie for competitive advantage. Our CEO, Pete Ungaro, stated it well: “Our partnership with Microsoft will ... [ Read More ]

Bio-IT World 2017: Life Sciences Embrace Cloud

Hope you had a chance to attend the 16th annual, three-day Boston Bio-IT World Conference & Expo this year. Competitions included: Best Practices awards announcements and the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the show planners named the 2017 Best of Show winners. Tracks for the conference included: data and storage management, cloud computing, networking hardware, bioinformatics, next-gen sequencing informatics, data security and more. Face to face As many times as I’ve walked Bio-IT’s exhibit hall floor, the excitement of seeing in person someone I’ve been interacting with via email and phone – in some cases for years – and hearing their thoughts still pumps me up. True, social media has diminished the impact of conferences, but the ... [ Read More ]

Cray CEO Discusses New Supercomputing as a Service

Cray’s president and chief executive officer, Peter Ungaro, offers insights into the company’s new supercomputing-as-a-service offering, in partnership with Markley. The first industry offering is the Cray® Urika®-GX agile analytics platform for life sciences organizations. Q: Pete, tell us about this announcement. Ungaro: One of the things that customers have been asking us for is the ability to get access to a Cray supercomputer in different ways, other than purchasing one, putting it into their datacenter and managing it themselves, as not all customers have the facility, staff or budget. Some want the option to use OpEx dollars and to not have to host and manage the system themselves. Our first example of this was our partnership ... [ Read More ]