The Exascale Computing Race Isn’t About Bragging Rights

Computing technology has had a large and growing impact on society over the past 50-80 years, and it’s poised to have a much greater and more transformative impact in the future. Forward-looking leaders around the world have recognized the critical importance of computing and are investing large amounts of money to strive for leadership in HPC. Much of the focus and discussion over the past decade has been around “exascale” computing (achieving 10^18 operations per second), but of course there’s nothing magical about exascale; it’s just one point along a continuum. Nor is the quest for greater computing performance about bragging rights (though there will certainly be plenty of that as we cross the exascale boundary); it’s about ... [ Read More ]

Cray’s New Urika-XC Suite: the Convergence of Supercomputing and Analytics

Cray today announced the launch of the Cray® Urika®-XC analytics software suite, which brings graph analytics, deep learning and robust big data analytics tools to the company’s flagship line of Cray® XC™ supercomputers. The Cray Urika-XC analytics software suite empowers data scientists to make breakthrough discoveries previously hidden within massive datasets, and achieve faster time to insight while leveraging the scale and performance of Cray XC supercomputers. With the Urika-XC software suite, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads can run alongside scientific modeling and simulations on XC supercomputers, eliminating costly and time-consuming movement of data between systems. Cray XC customers will be able to run ... [ Read More ]

Cray System Helps Cut Jet Fuel Burn by 15 Percent

Consider the engine power required to get a plane off the ground. And then consider the engineering that goes into it. Brian Mitchell does. Every day. The senior principal engineer at GE Global Research leads the development of GE’s in-house computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. Engineers utilize CFD to design better compressor blades, fan blades, turbine blades — all the stuff of the modern jet engine. “What we do is write the software that GE Aviation uses to simulate the air flow in jet engines,” says Dr. Mitchell. In fact, engine design, CFD — and the powerful computers to process it all — have a strongly symbiotic relationship. Market demand for more fuel-efficient engines requires more creative designs. Those designs ... [ Read More ]

Markley and Cray Offer Supercomputing as a Service

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. and Markley, a premier provider of datacenter space and cloud computing services, today announced a partnership to provide supercomputing-as-a-service solutions that combine the power of Cray supercomputers with the premier hosting capabilities of Markley. Through the partnership, Markley will offer Cray supercomputing technologies, as a hosted offering, and both companies will collaborate to build and develop industry-specific solutions. The availability of sought-after supercomputing capabilities both on-premises and in the cloud has become increasingly desirable across a range of industries, including life sciences, bio-pharma, aerospace, government, banking and more – as organizations work to ... [ Read More ]

Cray Announces Production-Ready AI Cluster Supercomputers

Cray today announced the launch of two new Cray® CS-Storm™ accelerated cluster supercomputers – the Cray CS-Storm 500GT and the Cray CS-Storm 500NX. Purpose-built for the most demanding artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, the new Cray systems will provide customers with powerful, accelerator-optimized solutions for running machine learning and deep learning applications. The new CS-Storm systems are designed for organizations looking for the fastest path to new discoveries, a building block approach to scalability, and the assurance of collaborating with a trusted partner with a long history of designing and deploying tightly integrated, highly scalable systems. Leveraging NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU accelerators, the new CS-Storm ... [ Read More ]