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 ]

Why You Should Feel Good About the Future of Computer Science

At Cray we’re always looking way down the road ... years, even decades into the future. We’re not developing products for next quarter. We’re developing products for questions our customers might not even know they have yet. That’s how high-performance computing works. So as you can imagine, we pay very close attention to what’s coming ... and that includes the next generation of computer scientists and engineers. These individuals are going to be the ones shouldering an awesome responsibility in the coming decades as big data gets bigger, artificial intelligence flexes its muscles more and more, and problems grow in complexity. Jeffrey Dudek is one of these next-generation computer scientists. He’s a third-year Ph.D. student in ... [ 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 ]