Cray Announces Production-Ready AI Cluster Supercomputers

Cray today announced the launch of two new Cray® CS-Storm™ accelerated cluster supercomputers – the Cray CS-Storm 500GT and the Cray CS-Storm 500NX. Purpose-built for the most demanding artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, the new Cray systems will provide customers with powerful, accelerator-optimized solutions for running machine learning and deep learning applications.

The new CS-Storm systems are designed for organizations looking for the fastest path to new discoveries, a building block approach to scalability, and the assurance of collaborating with a trusted partner with a long history of designing and deploying tightly integrated, highly scalable systems. Leveraging NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU accelerators, the new CS-Storm systems expand Cray’s portfolio of integrated systems and will give customers a broader range of accelerated supercomputers for computational and data-intensive applications.

“Customer demand for AI-capable infrastructure is growing quickly, and the introduction of our new CS-Storm systems will give our customers a powerful solution for tackling a broad range of deep learning and machine learning workloads at scale with the power of a Cray supercomputer,” said Fred Kohout, Cray’s senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer. “The exponential growth of data sizes, coupled with the need for faster time-to-solutions in AI, dictates the need for a highly scalable and tuned infrastructure.”

…the introduction of our new CS-Storm systems will give our customers a powerful solution for tackling a broad range of deep learning and machine learning workloads at scale…

The new Cray CS-Storm 500GT and Cray CS-Storm 500NX systems

The CS-Storm systems provide up to 187 TOPS (tera operations per second) per node, 2,618 TOPS per rack for machine learning application performance, and up to 658 double precision TFLOPS per rack for HPC application performance. Delivered as a fully integrated cluster supercomputer, the Cray CS-Storm systems include the Cray Programming Environment, Cray® Sonexion® scale-out storage and full cluster systems management.

The CS-Storm 500GT includes support for up to 10 NVIDIA Tesla P40 or P100 PCIe accelerators leveraging balanced or single-root configurations for CPU-to-GPU communications. The CS-Storm 500NX includes support for eight Tesla P100 SXM2 accelerators, utilizing the NVIDIA NVLink™ high-speed interconnect for GPU-to-GPU communications.

“Early adopters of big data analytics and AI have learned a painful lesson as they have struggled to scale their applications and keep pace with data growth and use more sophisticated models,” said Shahin Khan, founding partner at OrionX Research. “You must have the right systems from the beginning to be able to scale, otherwise inefficiencies accumulate and multiply. Expertise in large-scale system design and application optimization is critical. That’s an area that Cray has led for decades.”

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