Safe Data, Better Products and Precision Medicine: SC16 Spotlights HPC Achievements

Cray CTO Steve Scott

The ideas and achievements are flying at SC16, the international supercomputing convention running in Salt Lake City this week. And Cray is honored to be involved in so many of the ideas and achievements that its customers are talking about at the event, such as:

  • Upping the game against cyber threats. Eric Dull of Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services described Deloitte’s partnership with Cray, which is applying Cray’s supercomputing expertise to the ever-growing problems of cyber crime.
  • Groundbreaking advancements in product development: ANSYS announced today that it had set a new supercomputing world record by scaling ANSYS® Fluent® to over 172,000 computer cores on the HLRS supercomputer “Hazel Hen,” a Cray® XC40™ system. This means organizations can create innovative and groundbreaking complete virtual prototypes of their products faster and more efficiently than ever.
  • Precision medicine: Cray’s chief technology officer, Steve Scott (pictured above), was part of the “HPC Matters” Plenary Session Monday evening. He and his internationally renowned co-panelists discussed the many ways HPC is transforming the practice of medicine.

In another session, scientists from Cray customers KAUST, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory teamed up to discuss how burst buffer technology helped boost the performance of their labs’ respective Cray systems.

And, in a presentation that perhaps most clearly demonstrated the very personal impact performance computers have on our daily lives, a team from Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Centre described the use of its “Magnus,” a Cray® XC40™ system, in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board.

Today also saw a Tech Talk in the Cray booth by our own “Data Guy,” Dr.  James Maltby; another one by Lockheed’s Joe Swartz on multilevel security on Cray clusters; and the presentation of several HPCWire Readers Choice Awards to Cray’s CEO, Peter Ungaro.

HPCwire Awards

Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications Inc., publisher of HPCWire (left), presents Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray’s 2016 HPCWire Readers Choice Awards.

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