Supercomputer Shaheen II Flying Full Speed at KAUST

At King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, high-performance computing is in our DNA. We launched our first supercomputer Shaheen I at our university’s founding in 2009. Six years later, we put Shaheen II, our second system, into service. Since its launch in 2015, Shaheen II has been the computational engine behind several record-breaking simulations and many significant discoveries. It’s the largest and most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East, and its speed and performance have attracted some of the brightest computationally oriented scholars from all over the world. As such, Shaheen II has been integral in assisting KAUST to grow as a destination for science and technology research. A fun fact about Shaheen is that ... [ Read More ]

Supercomputing Powers Clean Wind Energy

Dr. Lawrence Cheung and the team from GE Global Research are maximizing the power production of clean energy wind farms. As a clean, renewable energy source, wind power is unbeatable. Research studies show that wind, harnessed effectively, could meet all the world’s energy demands. But a gap still exists between potential and reality ... a gap that Lawrence Cheung and GE Global Research are working on closing. “We’re trying to understand what the wind is doing around the turbines, why it might not be getting enough power here or why it’s not efficient there." Dr. Cheung is a lead mechanical engineer at GE Global Research Center’s Aerothermal discipline. There, he studies wind and noise — elements critical to the design of wind ... [ Read More ]

How the Met Office Solved a Weather Forecasting Runtime Scare

When the Met Office chose Cray to supply three large XC40 supercomputers, Cray’s CEO, Peter Ungaro, made a bold statement. He said, "You will be installing the largest operational systems in the world. There will be problems at scale that you won't have anticipated. Partnership with Cray will allow you to access our deep expertise and solve these problems." Recent ambitious upgrades to the Met Office's forecasting codes have meant we have been able to test this claim. Operational weather forecasting is unlike many other areas of science because it is critical that the computer models run to a strict time schedule. A forecast that takes too long to run isn’t available in time for customers to make decisions, and so is worthless. The Met ... [ Read More ]

Deep Learning at Scale with NERSC’s “Cori” Supercomputer

Cray is synonymous with large-scale computing. While this is by no means all we do, the research that leverages these large systems is interesting to examine as leading indicators of things to come in the broader community. This has been true for a long time in modeling and simulation, and we’re now beginning to see the same advances in the area of deep learning. For example, the Cray® XC™ “Cori” supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is an amazing system, sitting at #8 on the most recent Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Of course, it’s the organization that surrounds Cori that enables the use of such technology. To this end and to help further the use of Cori for ... [ Read More ]

Australian CIO Honored for Deployment of Cray System

Putting a 1.6 PF supercomputer into production on time and on budget with no interruptions to one of the world’s top meteorological agencies: amazing. And it brought well-earned kudos to Dr. Lesley Seebeck, the chief information officer for Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), who was named the 2017 Australian CIO of the year for the federal government sector. iTnews, a publisher of IT-related news and research, presented the award to Dr. Seebeck at its annual awards event in February. According to iTnews, “Seebeck's team correctly predicted several years ago that the agency's high performance computing system would no longer be up to the task of processing BoM's complex climate modelling by 2016. The switch to a new Cray XC40 ... [ Read More ]