Live Chat – AI: Make the Right Choices

As artificial intelligence continues to gain traction as a transformational set of technologies, IT teams and data science teams are tasked with implementing AI projects as soon as possible. At the same time, there are a plethora of reasons why AI projects can go awry (here, here, here, here, here, here and here). Most involve choices: the right use case; the right data; the right infrastructure, frameworks and tools. Join us Tuesday, August 21, for a live online chat, “AI: Make the Right Choices,” to learn about and discuss some of the right choices to make when planning your AI application project. You can easily participate using a Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook account. Hear from industry experts at Cray who are working with users ... [ Read More ]

Business Cards Change, but the Passion for Open-Source Lustre Doesn’t

DDN announced today that the Intel Lustre® team has found a new home at DDN. In an open-source, community-owned model it doesn’t really matter which logo is on the business cards of the developers who are contributing to the community. That's a good thing, because there have been a lot of changes for two of the key contributing development teams in this decade. Driven by a vibrant and passionate community, Lustre® has quickly become the de facto standard in leadership-class supercomputing environments, and now 77% of the Top 100 systems are using Lustre (June 2018 top500.org list). It’s easy to see why when you compare open-source Lustre’s benefits to other expensive, proprietary file systems. Cray realized early ... [ Read More ]

Inside Isambard — the World’s First Production Arm Supercomputer

The Isambard Project, a GW4 Alliance initiative, recently disclosed the latest results from its benchmarking of Arm-based processors for HPC, the first such results for dual socket Cavium ThunderX2 nodes. Prof. Simon McIntosh-Smith gave a talk at the Cray User Group (CUG) Conference in Stockholm on May 23, 2018, in which he described the results of a detailed performance comparison between Cavium™ ThunderX2® Arm®-based CPUs and the latest state-of-the-art Intel Skylake x86 processors. Results focused on the HPC codes that are most heavily used on the UK’s national supercomputer, ARCHER, and showed that for these kinds of workloads, ThunderX2 is competitive with the best x86 CPUs available today, but with a significant cost ... [ Read More ]

2nd Annual Awards Honor HPC Contributions in India

Last month, Cray and Intel presented the 2018 Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam HPC Awards in Bengaluru, India. Dr. Kalam, a world-renowned space scientist, was the president of India from 2002 to 2007. The jury panel for the awards consisted of eminent scientists and was chaired by Professor N. Balakrishnan, former associate director of the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru. The 2018 awards recipients were: Professor Rajiv Gavai, in the Researcher category, for his contributions to lattice quantum chromodynamics at finite temperature and density/high-energy physics. Professor Mahendra Kumar Verma, in the Researcher category, for his contributions in developing the open-source code TARANG and using it for turbulence simulation at ... [ Read More ]

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 ]