Remembering Burton Smith

You only need to say his first name — “Burton” — and everyone in the HPC community knows who you mean. Burton Smith, who died earlier this week at age 77, was an industry luminary, a technological innovator, and an open, caring person who earned the admiration of his colleagues. We at Cray would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss. Burton was a Microsoft technical fellow and was co-founder and chief scientist of Tera Computer Company, which became Cray Inc. after acquiring Cray Research from SGI in 2000. He was also a member of Cray’s board of directors. He remained humble despite international recognition, including accolades like the 2003 Seymour Cray Award from IEEE "for ingenious ... [ Read More ]

Altair Receives Cray’s 2017 Supplier of the Year Award

This Tuesday at SC17, we announced the recipient of our Supplier of the Year award. The honor goes to Altair, a testament to its continued collaboration with Cray — a relationship that goes back over 15 years — and its commitment to integrating PBS Professional®, Altair’s market-leading HPC software solution, with Cray supercomputers to optimize performance for compute-intensive environments. Altair is the first software provider to receive the award. “We’re excited to honor Altair as an outstanding supplier,” said Cray CFO Brian Henry. “This award represents excellence in the supercomputing industry and Altair has demonstrated their commitment to providing leading solutions to the HPC industry.” Altair’s PBS Professional is an ... [ Read More ]

CHIUW 2017: Surveying the Chapel Landscape

CHIUW 2017 — the 4th Annual Chapel Implementers and Users Workshop — was held last month in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with IEEE IPDPS 2017. Right out of the gate, attendees heard about a number of positive trends in the annual “state of the project” talk which summarizes Chapel progress over the past year. This year’s highlights included: Chapel performance is competitive with hand-coded C+OpenMP for single-node workloads as demonstrated by benchmarks like the Livermore Compiler Analysis Loop Suite (LCALS). For key communication benchmarks like ISx and HPCC RA, Chapel performance is increasingly competitive with the MPI/SHMEM reference versions, and occasionally beats them (see Figure 1 below). In May, Chapel became the ... [ Read More ]

AI Meets HPC at ISC 2017

Running astrophysics applications with 200,000 MPI tasks … diagnosing and treating autism spectrum disorders … researching the secure nature of the Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm. Those are among the many research dreams that HPC professionals talked about at the Cray booth at ISC High Performance 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany last week. Cray’s mission is to help customers realize their most challenging data science and research goals, and at ISC we took the next step with the introduction of the Cray® Urika®-XC analytics software suite, which embodies the convergence of supercomputing and analytics. With the new Urika-XC software suite, users can now run analytics, graph and AI workloads simultaneously on the same system, ... [ 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 ]