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New HPC facility launched at NZ’s NIWA

Computerworld Australia | Nov 8, 2018

The High Performance Computing Facility comprises three new interconnected Cray supercomputers – two Cray XC50s, one each in Wellington and Auckland and a Cray CS400 in Auckland — that, the government says, will meet the needs of New Zealand researchers to investigate scientific issues of national significance.

Cray introduces a multi-CPU supercomputer design

Network World | Nov 5, 2018

Supercomputer maker Cray announced what it calls its last supercomputer architecture before entering the era of exascale computing. It is code-named “Shasta,” and the Department of Energy, already a regular customer of supercomputing, said it will be the first to deploy it, in 2020.

HPC Advances with Perlmutter and Sierra Supercomputers

ServerWatch | Nov 2, 2018

On Oct. 26, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) formally dedicated the Sierra system, which is now the world's third fastest supercomputer.

En Route to Exascale, Cray Designs a Supercomputer Enterprises Can Use

Data Center Knowledge | Oct 30, 2018

Supercomputer maker Cray announced Tuesday the last supercomputer architecture it will have come up with before entering the era of exascale computing. Additionally, the US Department of Energy announced that its lab in California will be first to deploy the “pre-exascale” system, codenamed “Shasta.”

Cray Unveils Shasta, Its Supercomputer Platform for the Exascale Era

The Next Platform | Oct 30, 2018

For the past five years, supercomputer maker Cray has been diligently at work not only creating a new system architecture that allows for a mix of different interconnects and compute for its future “Shasta” systems, but has also brought long-time Cray chief technology officer, Steve Scott, back into the company to create a new interconnect, called “Slingshot,” that is the beating heart of the Shasta system and that signals a return of the Cray that we know and love.

Cray Unveils Shasta, Its First Exascale Supercomputer

eWEEK | Oct 30, 2018

Cray officials are unveiling the company’s first exascale-capable supercomputer, a system named Shasta that is designed to give organizations choices in compute and networking technologies and a single system to run such increasingly complex workloads as artificial intelligence, analytics, modeling and simulations.

Cray Unveils Shasta, Its Supercomputer Platform for the Exascale Era

TOP500 | Oct 30, 2018

Cray has introduced Shasta, its next-generation supercomputer platform that will serve as the company entry into the realm of exascale computing. The architecture will offer a flexible design that supports a wide array of processors, coprocessors, node configurations, and system interconnects, including one developed by Cray itself.

Supercomputer maker Cray introduces first exascale-class system

VentureBeat | Oct 30, 2018

Supercomputer creator Cray today said it plans to create its first line of exascale-class supercomputers. Codenamed Shasta, the system will be 10-100 times faster than the fastest supercomputers today, Cray CEO Peter Ungaro told VentureBeat in an interview.

UK Met Office Deploys Cray AI/Analytics to Enhance Forecasting

HPCwire | Sep 26, 2018

Already home to three Cray XC40 systems (the last one deployed in 2016), the Met Office, a leading weather center in the U.K., has now added Cray’s Urika-XC suite of AI and analytics tools according to a Cray announcement today. Like many system suppliers, Cray has been pushing hard to gain a foothold in delivering AI/analytics enabling technology. This latest win is evidence growing traction in that market.

Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute Pushes The Boundaries Thanks To The Cray Supercompute

TechTheLead | Sep 23, 2018

“With the Cray XC50, we have the high-performance computing power we need to drive, positive and significant research outcomes for RTRI. In addition, we are applying our expertise to continue research in enhancing the safety and technology of railways throughout Japan. By fully utilizing this powerful system, we will be able to generate game-changing insights that will fuel one of the world’s most advanced railway systems”

Five ways supercomputing is solving some of the world's greatest challenges

ITProPortal | Aug 9, 2018

The evolution of supercomputing over the last several decades has dramatically impacted how scientists, researchers and technologists tackle global issues. And today it’s never been more important to model our world by using supercomputers because of the profound challenges we face globally in the areas of energy, climate change and health.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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’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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.