The Next Wave of AI Won’t Happen Without Supercomputing

AI supercomputing

Adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) has exploded in the last few years, with virtually every kind of enterprise rushing to integrate and deploy AI methodologies in their core business practices. The first wave of fast AI growth ― characterized by small-scale proof-of-concepts and one-off machine or deep learning implementations ― is beginning to give way to a new cycle of AI adoption. In this next wave, we’ll see larger-scale deployments, a more evolved set of applications, and a concerted effort to apply AI techniques in production to solve real business problems and drive real business decisions. But the next wave of AI growth won’t ― actually, can’t ― happen without supercomputing. Artificial intelligence is a ... [ Read More ]

Cray Shasta Sparks New AI Research Program at Indiana University

Cray Shasta System at Indiana University

Supercomputer “Big Red 200” Will Be The First Cray Shasta System In Academia Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today announced that Indiana University has selected a Cray Shasta™ supercomputing system to advance the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across diverse research fields at the university and for the state of Indiana. Indiana University will be the first university to deploy a Shasta system, the Cray Slingshot™ interconnect and Cray Urika® AI Suite for Shasta, providing its engineers, researchers and scientists powerful resources for the next era of computing. Named “Big Red 200,” the new supercomputer will be instrumental in the University’s exploration and advancement of AI in education, ... [ Read More ]

Exascale Supercomputers Signal a New Era

The road to exascale computing started out as a journey. Now, we find ourselves at the beginning of a new era. Last week Cray and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Frontier ― an exascale supercomputer being developed for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Slated for delivery in 2021, Frontier is expected to be the world’s most powerful computer. It will advance science and innovation far beyond anything currently possible. For us at Cray, the announcement of Frontier is a thrilling ― and humbling ― moment. The system is the third contract win for our new Shasta™ architecture and Cray Slingshot™ interconnect. It validates our belief in and commitment to our Shasta technology. But more importantly, ... [ Read More ]

DOE and Cray Announce Exascale Supercomputer Frontier

Here at Cray, we’re charging into the exascale era. We followed March’s announcement of the United States' first exascale system ― Argonne National Laboratory’s Aurora supercomputer ― with another last week. At an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-hosted event, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) revealed Frontier, an even more powerful exascale supercomputer expected to land at ORNL in 2021. Frontier will be based on our new Shasta™ architecture and Slingshot™ interconnect and will feature high-performance AMD EPYC™ CPU and AMD Radeon Instinct™ GPU technology. And the stats on the system are impressive: 1.5 exaflops of performance (more operations per second than 160 of today’s top supercomputers ... [ Read More ]

Road to Exascale Ends With Big News

For the last 10-plus years, our industry has been navigating the road to exascale. For the United States, that road hit a major milestone. Cray will deliver the nation’s first exascale supercomputer to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in 2021 in partnership with Intel. Named Aurora, the Argonne system will be comprised of more than 200 Cray® Shasta™ system cabinets, our unique software stack optimized for Intel architectures, the Cray® Slingshot™ interconnect, and Intel innovations in compute processor, memory, and storage technologies. As a subcontractor to Intel, our part of the program contract is valued at more than $100 million ― one of the largest in our company’s history. Are we proud? ... [ Read More ]