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Cray Delivers XC50 Supercomputer to National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

HPC Wire

Jul 27, 2018

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today announced that it has delivered and installed a Cray XC50 supercomputer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).

Cray Sets the Stage for Exascale at ISC 2018

InsideHPC

Jul 27, 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Cray CTO Steve Scott describes how the company is moving towards providing Exascale computing capabilities for scientists and engineers worldwide.

Cray XC50 Accelerates Astrophysics In Japan

The Next Platform

Jul 26, 2018

Cray has installed the next-generation supercomputer – the NS-05 “Aterui II”— which delivers three times the performance of its Aterui predecessor and is the most powerful system in the world dedicated to astrophysical calculations.

Cycling’s Best Performance Enhancer: Riding in the Peloton

The Wall Street Journal

Jul 25, 2018

The US may have just pulled even with China in the race to build supercomputing’s next big thing

MIT Technology Review

Jul 11, 2018

There was much celebrating in America last month when the US Department of Energy unveiled Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer. Now the race is on to achieve the next significant milestone in processing power: exascale computing.

The supercomputer-powered AI age is just beginning

Business Reporter

Jul 9, 2018

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is all around us. It’s in hospitals, smart factories, banks, insurance companies, and recommendation systems that help you choose the next hit series to binge-watch. Cray AI VP Per Nyberg recently spoke with Business Reporter’s Alastair Greener, answering a range of questions about the state of AI adoption by businesses.

ISC Conference: Fast Growth in High-Performance Computing Despite Challenges

Digital Engineering

Jul 9, 2018

The recent ISC Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt presented attendees with a two-sided coin. Business is good for the high-performance computing (HPC) industry; costs continue to drop and new software tools increase HPC versatility. But there are some dark clouds on the near-term horizon.

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay to deploy Cray XC50 supercomputer

Datacenter Dynamics

Jul 5, 2018

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay will deploy a Cray XC50 supercomputer for scientific workloads, along with a ClusterStor scale-out Lustre-based storage system.

World’s Largest CFD Simulation Upends Conventional Wisdom in Bicycle Racing

Top500

Jul 3, 2018

ANSYS, Cray, and a university researcher have conducted the first aerodynamic simulations of a full peloton of road cyclists, yielding some unexpected results.

Supercomputers Have Been Slow to Adopt Flash Storage – Cray Wants to Change That

Data Center Knowledge

Jul 3, 2018

Cray is preparing to launch Flash storage arrays for supercomputers. The high-performance computing space has been slow to adopt flash, relying almost completely on spinning disk but, as HPC workloads are changing, demand for random access to data is rising.

Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Steve Scott, CTO of Cray (Part 1)

One Million by One Million Blog

Jul 3, 2018

In an interview with Chief Technology Officer at Cray Inc., Steve Scott takes us deep into the field of high performance computing and how AI is impacting it.

HPC Under the Covers: Linpack, Exascale & the Top500

HPCwire

Jun 28, 2018

Ask four HPC leaders about Linpack’s relevance, get four distinct answers — and that’s just what happened at the Monday Top500 panel. During the panel, moderator Horst Simon (Top500 co-author and deputy lab director of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) asked panelists Yutong Lu, Steve Conway, Thomas Schulthess and Steve Scott about the limitations surrounding Linpack and what needs to be changed at the Top500.

Cray Bolsters HPC to AI Crossover Appeal

The Next Platform

Jun 25, 2018

At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC18), Cray announced yet another step toward on-boarding AI applications on its systems with the Cray Urika AI and Analytics software suite for its CS line of supercomputers.

Cray Melds AI App Development with HPC

EnterpriseTech

Jun 25, 2018

Cray Inc. is coming to the aid of harried application developers with a new workflow software suite designed to accelerate AI implementation by combining analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities with existing HPC and emerging AI environments.

Cray Introduces All Flash Lustre Storage Solution Targeting HPC

HPCWire

Jun 19, 2018

Citing the rise of IOPS-intensive workflows and more affordable flash technology, Cray today introduced the L300F, a scalable all-flash storage solution whose primary use case is to support high IOPS rates to/from a scratch storage pool in the Lustre file system.

Cray Unveils All-Flash ClusterStor Solution

Top500

Jun 19, 2018

Supercomputer-maker Cray has announced the ClusterStor L300F, a Lustre-based SSD storage system that joins a growing list of all-flash solutions.

Digital Catapult partners with Cray to give AI startups supercomputing power

Computer Weekly

Jun 6, 2018

Digital Catapult is partnering with high-performance computing (HPC) firm Cray to give startups in its Machine Intelligence Garage accelerator access to supercomputing resources.

UK AI Startups Will Get Access to Cray Supercomputers

Top500

Jun 5, 2018

Cray has teamed up with Digital Catapult to help UK-based startups building artificial intelligence products get access to HPC resources in Cray’s Accel AI Lab.

Cray Spreads The AI Word To The Masses

The Next Platform

Jun 5, 2018

Supercomputer maker Cray, like many other systems OEMs, has been eyeing the AI space as a growth area for its business, and sees making compute power easier for businesses and researchers to get ahold of a key factor in becoming a significant player in the market.

World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer for Astronomy Begins Operation

Top500

Jun 4, 2018

A three-petaflop Cray XC50 supercomputer has been installed at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and is now up and running.

Weather Forecasting Gets A Big Lift In Japan

The Next Platform

May 22, 2018

JMA, like its peers in the United States, Europe, and India, is investing heavily in new supercomputers to get caught up, and specifically, has just done a deal with Cray to get a pair of XC50 systems that will have 18.2 petaflops of aggregate performance.

Cray Continues Hot Streak in Earth Science Wins with JMA Deployment

Top500

May 22, 2018

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has installed two Cray XC50 supercomputers, further cementing Cray’s position as the leading supplier of HPC systems for weather and climate centers.

Meteorological Agency Takes Delivery of Pair of Crays

HPCWire

May 18, 2018

Today Cray announced that the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is implementing two Cray XC50 supercomputers at its site in Kiyose, Tokyo. These systems are expected to deliver a combined peak performance of more than 18 petaflops.

Cavium Announces GA for ThunderX2; Touts OEM Support

HPCwire

May 7, 2018

Cavium today announced general availability of ThunderX2 – its second generation 64-bit Armv8-A SoC line of processor. Cavium is claiming superior price-performance versus Intel Skylake counterparts and assembled endorsements from several large systems makers including HPE, Cray, and Atos as well as from influential HPC users including Sandia National Labs and the UK’s GW4 Isambard project.

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Receives $70M for New HPC Gear

TOP500

May 2, 2018

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre announced that the Australian government is investing $70 million in the center to replace its aging supercomputers. Pawsey is the regional hub for HPC in Western Australia and one of the largest such facilities in the country. It currently serves over 1,500 active researchers from across the country and is engaged in more than 150 supercomputing projects. There are two systems slated for replacement at Pawsey, the first being Magnus, a Cray XC40 powered by three thousand Haswell-era Xeon CPUs.

Enterprise accessibility: How Cray is using HPC to open up AI use cases from the datacentre

ComputerWeekly

Apr 27, 2018

Enterprises interest in HPC is reportedly being fuelled by the rising demand for artificial intelligence-based applications and services, and Cray is one of a number of providers looking to cash in.

Cray debuts AMD EPYC Processors

Scientific Computing World

Apr 23, 2018

Cray has announced it has added AMD EPYC processors to its Cray CS500 product line. To meet the growing needs of high-performance computing (HPC), the combination of AMD EPYC™ 7000 processors with the Cray CS500 cluster systems offers Cray customers a flexible, high-density system tuned for their demanding environments.

Cray Leverages AMD EPYC Chips

Outlook Series

Apr 20, 2018

Cray has added AMD EPYC processors to its Cray CS500 product line. To meet the growing needs of high-performance computing (HPC), the combination of AMD EPYC 7000 processors with the Cray CS500 cluster systems offers Cray customers a flexible, high-density system tuned for their demanding environments. The powerful platform lets organizations tackle a broad range of HPC workloads without the need to rebuild and recompile their x86 applications.

AMD And Cray Join Forces To Bring EPYC To HPC

Forbes

Apr 19, 2018

Cray and AMD have announced the availability of AMD EPYC 32-core CPUs on the supercomputer company’s midrange cluster system, the Cray CS500. AMD has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Cray, supplying Opteron processors in big iron Cray supercomputers such as that deployed in the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA) Blue Waters at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the massive $97M 18,688 CPU Titan system at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This new announcement is hardly surprising given this shared history, but it does mark an important milestone for AMD as it seeks to regain some of its lost luster in the HPC market.

Cray’s Ever-Expanding Compute For HPC

The Next Platform

Apr 19, 2018

With choice comes complexity, and the Cambrian explosion in compute options is only going to make this harder even if it is a much more satisfying intellectual and financial challenge. This added complexity is worth it because companies will be able to more closely align the hardware to the applications. This is why search engine giant Google has been driving compute diversity and why supercomputer maker Cray has been looking forward to it as well.

Tech Round Up of the Day

Guru Focus

Apr 19, 2018

Intel has been the lone supplier of CPUs to Crays in the recent past. It’s been five years since the last time Crays offered a design powered by AMD silicon. This indicates that Advanced Micro Devices has come a long way, as EPYC has gained traction for the past year or so. High performance computing is EPYC’s core strength.

AMD EPYC processors added to Cray CS500 product line

Hexus

Apr 19, 2018

Global supercomputer icon Cray has announced that it has added AMD EPYC processing options to its Cray CS500 product line. These High Performance Computing (HPC) systems are being offered with AMD EPYC 7000 processors, with four dual-socket nodes packed into an industry standard sized 2U chassis. Cray reckon that the AMD powered systems will be a good choice for a wide range of workloads with the added benefits that organisations will not need to rebuild and recompile their x86 applications.

Cray reunites with AMD for new supercomputers

Network World

Apr 19, 2018

Cray just announced the Cray CS500 product line featuring the Epyc 7000 processor. There have been other CS500 products featuring Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi processors, Intel Stratix FPGAs, and Intel Xeons with Nvidia Tesla graphics processors.

AMD inks deal with Cray for Epyc nodes

Bit-Tech

Apr 19, 2018

AMD has announced a deal with supercomputing specialist Cray to add Epyc processors to its CS500 cluster system, offering an alternative to the company's traditional Intel chips.

Cray Adds AMD EPYC Processors to CS500 Cluster Supercomputers

AnandTech

Apr 19, 2018

Cray this week announced plans to offer AMD’s EPYC-based CS500 cluster supercomputers later this year. The Cray CS500 clusters will be based on ultra-dense 2-way servers each featuring up to 64 cores, various storage options, and high-speed network connectivity. In addition, Cray will offer 2U 2-way AMD EPYC-powered systems supporting up to 4 TB of memory.

Cray’s Ever-Expanding Compute for HPC

The Next Platform

Apr 19, 2018

With choice comes complexity, and the Cambrian explosion in compute options is only going to make this harder even if it is a much more satisfying intellectual and financial challenge. This added complexity is worth it because companies will be able to more closely align the hardware to the applications. This is why search engine giant Google has been driving compute diversity and why supercomputer maker Cray has been looking forward to it as well.

Cray CS500 Supercomputer Platform Now Features AMD EPYC

Server The Home

Apr 19, 2018

After almost a year on the market, Cray has adopted AMD EPYC for its high-performance computing platforms. The Cray CS500 supports AMD EPYC CPU blades for compute-intensive tasks. This is a big deal for both Cray and AMD as each has something new to offer. For Cray, this is an alternative-to-Intel x86 architecture. We see Cray adding more types of CPUs to the mix soon but diversification is happening. For AMD this is a big deal as it has what is perhaps the most storied supercomputer brands asserting that EPYC is ready for HPC workloads.

Cray will supply CS500 clusters for supercomputers with AMD Epyc processors

The Guru of 3D

Apr 18, 2018

AMD has further strengthened its commitment to the HPC community by announcing that AMD EPYC processors have been added to the Cray CS500 Cluster Supercomputer product line.

Cray Rolls Out AMD-Based CS500; More to Follow?

HPCwire

Apr 18, 2018

Cray was the latest OEM to bring AMD back into the fold with introduction today of a CS500 option based on AMD’s Epyc processor line. The move follows Cray’s introduction of an ARM-based system (XC-50) last November. Cray, of course, is a long-time Intel partner and still a heavy Intel technology user. Nevertheless, the latest move illustrates AMD’s fast-growing strength after returning to the datacenter market less than a year ago; it also highlights emerging diversity in the microprocessor landscape.

Cray snuggles up with AMD: Clustered super CS500 lets in Epyc chip

The Register

Apr 18, 2018

Cray is adding an AMD processor option to its CS500 line of clustered supercomputers. The CS500 supports more than 11,000 nodes which can use Intel Xeon SP CPUs, optionally accelerated by Nvidia Tesla GPUs or Intel Phi co-processors. Intel Stratix FPGA acceleration is also supported.

AMD and Cray forge an Epyc supercomputing partnership

PC Gamer

Apr 18, 2018

Score an Epyc win for AMD in the supercomputing space as Cray, a long-time partner of Intel, has decided to add Epyc 7000 series processor options to its CS500 line of clustered supercomputers.

Cray outs AMD Epyc based C5500 supercomputer line

SemiAccurate

Apr 18, 2018

It looks like AMD is back in the supercomputer game as Cray announces the Epyc 7000 based C5500 cluster system. SemiAccurate thinks this is a good first step but the C5500 isn’t the gigantic monster you might think it is.

Cray snuggles up with AMD: Clustered super CS500 lets in EPYC chip

The Register

Apr 18, 2018

Cray is adding an AMD processor option to its CS500 line of clustered supercomputers. The CS500 supports more than 11,000 nodes which can use Intel Xeon SP CPUs, optionally accelerated by Nvidia Tesla GPUs or Intel Phi co-processors. Intel Stratix FPGA acceleration is also supported.

Cray Rolls Out AMD-Based CS500; More to Follow?

HPCWire

Apr 18, 2018

Cray was the latest OEM to bring AMD back into the fold with introduction today of a CS500 option based on AMD’s Epyc processor line. The move follows Cray’s introduction of an ARM-based system (XC-50) last November.

Cray Debuts AMD EPYC Processors in Supercomputer Product Line

Data Investing News

Apr 18, 2018

Cray Inc (NASDAQ:CRAY), a global supercomputing leader proving innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists and others to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenge announced that it has added AMD EPYC processors to its Cray CS500 product line.

Cray adds AMD's Epyc CPUs to its CS500 HPC cluster

Datacenter Dynamics

Apr 18, 2018

US supercomputer manufacturer Cray has added AMD’s Epyc central processing units (CPUs) to its Cray CS500 product line. The addition of the Epyc 7000 processors to its product line marks the first time in five years that Cray has offered AMD chips in its systems.

Riding the AI Cycle Instead of Building It

The Next Platform

Apr 10, 2018

For some industry perspective, The Next Platform recently spoke with Per Nyberg, who in March 2018, was recently appointed as supercomputer maker Cray’s VP of Market Development for Artificial Intelligence and Cloud. Previously, Nyberg was their Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics. Nyberg’s increasing responsibilities and extended job descriptions are a clear sign that reflects the focus on the importance of the AI momentum within the market, and particularly within the HPC focused company.

German University Will Deploy FPGA-Powered Cray Supercomputer

TOP500

Apr 4, 2018

Paderborn University has selected a Cray CS500 cluster accelerated by FPGAs as the first phase of its Noctua multi-petaflop supercomputer. The new supercomputer will be comprised of 272 compute nodes, connected by Intel’s 100 Gbps Omni-Path fabric. Each node will be equipped with two 20-core Xeon Gold (Skylake) processors, yielding a system core count of 10,880. The system will also come with 720 terabytes of flash-accelerated Lustre storage, supplied by a Cray ClusterStor L300N system.

After the Storm: The supercomputer that saved Cray

DatacenterDynamics

Apr 4, 2018

The history of high performance computing (HPC) can be told through the stories of a few key supercomputers whose impact reverberated through an industry marked by the rise and fall of companies racing to build the most powerful systems in the world. Red Storm is one such system.

Cray rolls out new Cray Artificial Intelligence Offerings

InsideHPC

Mar 28, 2018

Today Cray announced it is adding new options to its line of CS-Storm GPU-accelerated servers as well as improved fast-start AI configurations, making it easier for organizations implementing AI to get started on their journey with AI proof-of-concept projects and pilot-to-production use.

Japan is commissioning the world’s most powerful nuclear fusion research supercomputer

The Verge

Mar 19, 2018

Japan is launching a Cray XC50 supercomputer for advanced nuclear fusion research, which will begin production this year. While the Cray XC50 supercomputer is far from the most powerful on the planet, it will be the world’s most powerful within the field of nuclear fusion research.

Seven Ways Enterprises Are Using Supercomputers to Solve Global Issues

eWEEK

Mar 16, 2018

From reducing famine to saving lives through advanced weather forecasting, organizations are using supercomputers to solve some of the world's most complicated issues.

Japan Invests in Fusion Energy Future with New Cray Supercomputer

The Next Platform

Mar 14, 2018

There are a number of key areas where exascale computing power will be required to turn simulations into real-world good. One of these is fusion energy research with the ultimate goal of building efficient plants that can safely deliver hundreds of megawatts of clean, renewable fusion energy. Japan has announced that it will install its top-end XC50 supercomputer at the at the Rokkasho Fusion Institute.

People to Watch 2018

HPCwire

Mar 8, 2018

Fred Kohout serves as Senior Vice President Products and Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for leading Cray’s worldwide marketing. Before joining Cray in 2016, Mr. Kohout led global partner marketing for EMC, a global leader in IT and business transformation.

Cray Adds Arm Processors with Software Stack to Supercomputer

Digital Engineering

Feb 22, 2018

Cray is currently working with multiple supercomputing centers on the development of Arm-based supercomputing systems, including various labs in the U.S. Department of Energy and the GW4 alliance, a coalition of four research-intensive universities in the UK. Through an alliance with Cray and the Met Office in the UK, GW4 is designing and building “Isambard,” an Arm-based Cray XC50 supercomputer.

Met Office CIO Charles Ewen on how supercomputers forecast the weather

CIO

Feb 15, 2018

The national weather service's new Cray XC40 is the world's most powerful supercomputer dedicated to weather, says Met Office CIO Charles Ewen.

India Installs Multi-Petaflop Supercomputers at Two Weather and Climate Centers

TOP500

Jan 18, 2018

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in India has deployed the country’s two fastest supercomputers, which will be used to conduct earth science research and improve weather and climate forecasts. The machines, both of which are Cray XC40 supercomputers with ClusterStor storage, are installed at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), in Pune, and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast (NCMRWF), in Noida. Together they provide 6.8 petaflops of peak capacity, along with 18 petabytes of storage.

World’s top supercomputers. Mostly Chinese.

WIRED

Jan 13, 2018

The fiftieth TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world has China overtaking the US in the total number of ranked systems by a margin of 202 to 143. It is the largest number of supercomputers China has ever claimed on the TOP500 ranking, with the US presence shrinking to its lowest level since the list’s inception 25 years ago.