Facing the Challenges of Big Data

Big Data is all the rage, especially since it received a new shot in the arm by a recent Gartner report.  Everyone is interested in it, and Gartner [1] has thrown its hat into the ring for a definition of it.  But even so, many people use these words ... [ Read More ]

Cray at Bio-IT World Conference in Boston

The 2013 Bio-IT World Conference will be held from April 9-11 in Boston. The event represents a unique opportunity for visitors to learn how informatics plays a key role in multiple disciplines within life sciences. Today life sciences is evolving as ... [ Read More ]

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Over the last 12 months, I have felt more like a racecar driver than the CEO of Cray. We have been moving at NASCAR-like speed in almost every aspect of our business, while at same time leveraging the amazing technical leadership capabilities of ... [ Read More ]

The Dawn of Big-Fast-Data

In computing today we’re surrounded by the term Big Data. In fact it’s even beginning to invade some areas of popular culture. Whether it’s through Microsoft's SkyDrive, Adobe's Creative Cloud, Steam's gaming portal or the video industry with ... [ Read More ]

Welcome to the Cray blog

At Cray we pride ourselves in offering some of the most powerful and advanced  supercomputing technologies in the world through a comprehensive portfolio of high performance computing (HPC) systems, storage and Big Data solutions. We've been building ... [ Read More ]

Tuning SPARQL Queries for Performance

There is often a perception that RDF/SPARQL based systems are not performant compared to traditional RDBMS based systems. Personally, I think this is a spurious and inaccurate portrayal of the technology for a couple of reasons: 1. Often people ... [ Read More ]

Extending SPARQL with CONSTRUCT Sub-queries

Recently myself and some of my colleagues were discussing something that we consider a key limitation of SPARQL right now which is that is provides no direct mechanism to create a temporary graph from the existing data to use in your query. Yes, you ... [ Read More ]

Hitting the Moving Target

The W3C [1] is a fantastic organization that has done more than any organization to help promote standards and interoperability on the web. It is also the body responsible for many of the core standards that our uRiKA system utilizes such as RDF [2] ... [ Read More ]

Practical SPARQL Benchmarking

There is a certain amount of misguided belief in the market that Semantic Web technologies simply aren't performant enough for the needs of a business and I often hear this presented as a reason for not choosing these technologies over a traditional ... [ Read More ]