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ARM ALIGNS ITS SERVER AMBITIONS TO THOSE OF ITS PARTNERS

The Next Platform | Dec 3, 2019

There are just two Arm-powered supercomputers on the latest TOP500 rankings: the “Astra” system at Sandia National Laboratories and Fujitsu’s new A64FX prototype. The latter captured the number one spot on the Green500 list, becoming the first non-accelerated system to do so since 2012.

EXASCALE DENSITY PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF COOLING

The Next Platform | Nov 26, 2019

The first crop of exascale supercomputers in the United States will be powered by some of the most computationally dense hardware ever assembled. All three systems, which are scheduled to roll out between 2021 and 2023, will draw between 25 and 40 megawatts of power to keep the hardware humming along.

Your occasional storage digest, featuring Amazon, DDN, Intel and more

Blocks and Files | Nov 23, 2019

It’s all about speed this week; Amazon is announcing new stuff before its December Re: Invent conference. DDN has spruced up its arrays and Intel is launching a data moving semiconductor block to offload server CPUs. There is more, including a tape industry tidbit and 128-layer NAND. Read on.

15 AI Technology Trends to Look for in 2020

RT Insights | Nov 22, 2019

What does the future hold? You can expect many new innovative applications using emerging technologies. With that said, here is a look at some of the top AI trends for 2020:

NCSA and Partners Win HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award for EarthDEM Collaboration

HPC Wire | Nov 21, 2019

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign won Best Academic/Government collaboration as part of the annual HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards, at the 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19), in Denver, Colorado.

Inside HPE’s massive S/4HANA consolidation

CIO.com | Nov 21, 2019

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is aiming to consolidate its legacy ERP systems on SAP’s S/4HANA in under three years, a task that Senior Vice President and CIO Archana Deskus reckons would take another company four or five.

Hyperion: AI-driven HPC Industry Continues to Push Growth Projections

HPC Wire | Nov 21, 2019

Three major forces – AI, cloud and exascale – are combining to raise the HPC industry to heights exceeding expectations. According to market study results released this week by Hyperion Research at SC19 in Denver, HPC server sales in the first half of the year totaled $6.7 billion, while 2018 sales grew 15 percent overall, totaling $13.7 billion.

The Biggest News From Supercomputing 2019

CRN | Nov 21, 2019

If you want to see where the future of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence is headed, look no further than Supercomputing 2019, the annual conference dedicated to supercomputers and the technologies and products that enable them.

KAUST Installs Cray CS-Storm 500NX Supercomputer

Digital Engineering 247 | Nov 21, 2019

University expands compute capabilities to power GPU-accelerated applications and converged workloads in the exascale era for global research in food, water, energy, the environment, and digitalization.

Jensen Huang’s SC19 – Fast Cars, a Strong Arm, and Aiming for the Cloud(s)

HPC Wire | Nov 20, 2019

In recent years, AI has joined the show. SC19 didn’t disappoint. One of this year’s images was a gorgeous yellow Lamborghini rendered by a single GeForce RTX graphics card (1 GPU) – a task that would have required a cluster of GPUs a few years ago. (I wanted to jump in and drive away).

AMD Delivers Best-in-Class Performance from Supercomputers to HPC in the Cloud at SC19

CIO New Zealand | Nov 20, 2019

At SC19, the premier annual event for supercomputing, AMD is extending its performance lead in high-performance computing with a range of new customer wins in top research systems worldwide, new platforms supporting AMD EPYC™ processors and Radeon Instinct™ accelerators and the newly announced ROCm 3.0, bringing support for new compilers and HPC applications.

DOING THE MATH ON FUTURE EXASCALE SUPERCOMPUTERS

The Next Platform | Nov 20, 2019

We are not shy of playing guessing games here at The Next Platform, as you all well know. And Intel and Cray have left us with a few big ones with regard to its future “Aurora A21” exascale system that Intel is the prime contractor for and Cray is the manufacturing subcontractor for at Argonne National Laboratory.

HAS ARM DISCOVERED THE ECOSYSTEM KEYS?

The Next Platform | Nov 20, 2019

Arm server development is a reality and a growing one at that. Not just from a performance point of view but also, perhaps more important, from an ecosystem view.

HPE and Cray unveil HPC and AI solutions optimized for the Exascale Era

Digitalisation World | Nov 19, 2019

The addition of Cray, Inc., which HPE recently acquired, bolsters HPE’s HPC and AI solutions to now encompass an end-to-end supercomputing architecture across compute, interconnect, software, storage and services, delivered on premises, hybrid or as-a-Service.

PUBLIC CLOUD GIANTS FIGHT FOR HPC SUPREMACY

The Next Platform | Nov 18, 2019

The new Azure instance, which is in tech preview this week as it is being announced at the SC19 supercomputer conference in Denver, is actually a single node of a 100-node cluster that Microsoft is putting in selected regions.

Nvidia Delivers on Promise to Support Arm

Electronic Engineering Times | Nov 18, 2019

Nvidia introduced a reference design platform for GPU-accelerated Arm-based servers. Arm, Ampere, Cray, Fujitsu, HPE, and Marvell are all going to build such servers for a variety of applications including, of course, supercomputing, the GPU vendor announced at Supercomputing 2019 in Denver.

HPCwire Reveals Winners of the 2019 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards at SC19 Conference in Denver

HPC Wire | Nov 18, 2019

HPCwire, the leading publication for news and information for the high performance computing industry, announced the winners of the 2019 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards at the Supercomputing Conference (SC19) taking place this week in Denver, CO. Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications Inc., unveiled the list of winners just before the opening gala reception.

NVIDIA ARMS UP SERVER OEMS AND ODMS FOR HYBRID COMPUTE

The Next Platform | Nov 18, 2019

The one thing that AMD’s return to the CPU market and its more aggressive moves in the GPU compute arena have done, as well as Intel’s plan to create a line of discrete Xe GPUs that can be used as companions to its Xeon processors, has done is push Nvidia and Arm closer together.

Nvidia and Microsoft Azure Pitch Rentable Cloud Supercomputers

Data Center Knowledge | Nov 18, 2019

Today at SC19, the supercomputing conference being held in Denver, Nvidia and Microsoft announced an Azure cloud supercomputer service anyone can use, spinning it up the same way anyone can spin up a regular x86 server in the cloud and pay only for the time they use it.

HPE and Cray Present HPC and AI Credentials

ServeTheHome | Nov 17, 2019

The Cray Shasta platform is racking up wins for the US DoE’s initial Exascale supercomputer rollout. Recently, the company showed off the accompanying HPE Cray ClusterStor E1000 that also included big wins.

SC19: Welcome to Denver

HPC Wire | Nov 17, 2019

Benchmark results will be revealed: the 54th Top500 list, the Green500, the growing HPCG benchmark, the Graph500, IO-500, and more.

Modeling Every Building in America Starts with Chattanooga

Energy Daily | Nov 17, 2019

Building energy modeling - computer simulation of building energy use given a description of the building, its systems, use patterns, and prevailing weather conditions - is an analytical tool that can be used to identify cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities in existing and new buildings.

Cray, Fujitsu Form Supercomputer Dev’t Partnership

ExecutiveBiz | Nov 14, 2019

Cray and Fujitsu have signed an alliance agreement to develop a supercomputer that uses the latter’s high-memory bandwidth processor designed to support high-performance computing and artificial intelligence functionalities.

AI Helps Breed Climate-resilient Crops

Technology Networks | Nov 14, 2019

How might artificial intelligence (AI) impact agriculture, the food industry, and the field of bioengineering? Dan Jacobson, a research and development staff member in the Biosciences Division at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has a few ideas.

Modeling every building in America starts with Chattanooga

Tech Xplore | Nov 14, 2019

The US Department of Energy's (DOE)'s Building Technologies Office (BTO), one of eight technology offices within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, aims to reduce the energy consumption per square foot of American buildings by 30 percent from 2010 to 2030—a massive challenge considering that America is home to 124 million building structures.

Pawsey to get new super supercomputing cluster

ZDNet | Nov 13, 2019

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Western Australia is undergoing a capital refresh, with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) looking for a vendor to help it consolidate its existing systems.

A64FX ARM CHIP GETS A BIG PUSH FROM CRAY

The Next Platform | Nov 13, 2019

There are many good processors out there, but there are few that are excellent and elegant inasmuch as they are co-designed for specific workloads and then do them very well.

TOOLING UP FOR EXASCALE

The Next Platform | Nov 12, 2019

The importance of achieving exascale computing has been discussed at great length in this publication and elsewhere.

A SEISMIC MAPPING MILESTONE

Science and Technology Research News | Nov 11, 2019

When an earthquake strikes, the release of energy creates seismic waves that often wreak havoc for life at the surface. Those same waves, however, present an opportunity for scientists to peer into the subsurface by measuring vibrations passing through the Earth.

GCS Awards 703 Million Computing Core Hours for Large-Scale Simulations

HPC Wire | Nov 6, 2019

With the 22nd GCS Large-Scale Call, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) scientific steering committee approved the allocation of 703 million core hours of computing time to eleven scientifically outstanding German research projects relying on the support of petascale-performance high-performance computing (HPC) technology.

ATTACKING THE DATACENTER FROM THE EDGE INWARD

The Next Platform | Nov 6, 2019

For much of the decade, a debate around Arm was whether it would fulfill its promise to become a silicon designer with suppliers of any significance to datacenter hardware.

Cray gets nukes

Channel EYE | Nov 6, 2019

Global supercomputer leader Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced that the United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected the Cray Shasta supercomputer to look after its nukes.

UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment Gets New Cray Supercomputer

Computer Business Review | Nov 6, 2019

The UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), which looks after warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent Trident, is buying a new seven petaflop Cray Shasta supercomputer, the HPE-owned company said late Tuesday.

HPE Cray ClusterStor E1000 Storage

StorageNewsletter | Nov 5, 2019

With the introduction of the ClusterStor E1000 storage system, Cray has completed the re-architecture of its end-to-end infrastructure portfolio, which encompasses its Shasta supercomputers, Slingshot Interconnect, and software platform.

Supercomputer goes atomic

Digitalisation World | Nov 5, 2019

United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected the Cray Shasta supercomputer to support security and defense of the U.K. The Shasta system, purpose-built for the exascale era, was chosen due to its ability to run mixed workloads and applications at the best total cost of ownership (TCO) for a system across five years.

AMD to Power Cray Shasta Supercomputer coming to AWE in the UK

InsideHPC.com | Nov 5, 2019

Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected the Cray Shasta supercomputer to support security and defense of the U.K. Called Vulcan, AWE’s new machine powered by AMD EPYC processors will deliver approximately 7 petaflops of performance and play an integral role in maintaining the U.K.’s nuclear deterrent.

Cray Debuts ClusterStor E1000 for Converged AI-HPC Workloads

Enterpriseai | Nov 4, 2019

Cray, now owned by HPE, today introduced the ClusterStor E1000 storage platform, which leverages Cray software and mixes hard disk drives (HDD) and flash memory (SSD) to accommodate converged HPC-AI workloads at many scales.

It’s Probably a Duck

HPC Wire | Nov 4, 2019

Interconnect battles have taken different paths over the years. There have been two main battles – the battle of “offload” based architectures vs. “onload” based architecture, and the battle of standard-based networks vs. proprietary-based networks.

Cray ClusterStor gets faster and fatter

Blocks and Files | Oct 31, 2019

HPE-owned Cray claims the new ClusterStor E1000 parallel storage system delivers up to 1.6 terabytes per second and 50 million IOPS/rack.

First Cray Shasta HPC in EMEA at UK Research and Innovation

StorageNewsletter | Oct 30, 2019

Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced at a signing ceremony in London that UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have awarded it a £48 million contract award to expand its HPC capabilities with Cray’s next-gen Shasta HPC.

New Cray ClusterStor E1000 to Power Exascale Workloads

InsideHPC.com | Oct 30, 2019

Today Cray unveiled its Cray ClusterStor E1000 system, an entirely new parallel storage platform for the Exascale Era. As the external high performance storage system for the first three U.S. exascale systems, Cray ClusterStor E1000 will total over 1.3 exabytes of storage for all three systems combined.

CRAY REVAMPS CLUSTERSTOR FOR THE EXASCALE ERA

The Next Platform | Oct 30, 2019

Supercomputer-maker Cray has launched the ClusterStor E1000, a storage offering designed to serve the entire triumvirate of HPC workloads: simulations, artificial intelligence, and analytics.

Cray CS-Storm Supercomputer coming to HLRS in Germany

insideHPC.com | Oct 24, 2019

Today Cray announced that the High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany has selected a new Cray CS-Storm GPU-accelerated supercomputer to advance its computing infrastructure in response to user demand for processing-intensive applications like machine learning and deep learning.

Supercomputing for the Exascale Era

The Manufacturing Connection | Oct 24, 2019

Cray, an HPE company, held a panel discussion webinar on October 18 to discuss Exascale (10^18, get it?) supercomputing.

Exascale Is Not Your Grandfather's HPC

The Next Platform | Oct 22, 2019

The first exaflops-capable supercomputers are just around the corner and to celebrate this milestone-to-be and talk about its ramifications, the US Department of Energy hosted a national “Exascale Day” discussion. And if there was a common theme in this feel-good event, it is that the exascale era will be unlike any that came before it.

Magnetic fields yield to a battery of tests

COSMOS Magazine | Oct 22, 2019

Scientists using the Titan supercomputer at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have succeeded in simulating magnetic reconnection – and the results contained a surprise.

First Annual Exascale Day Celebrates Next 1000x Horizon

HPC Wire | Oct 21, 2019

October 18 (aka 10/18) marked the first annual exascale day, hosted by Cray, the Exascale Computing Project and the DOE labs — Argonne, Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore — that are getting ready to host the nation’s first exascale supercomputers.

AMD CPUS WILL POWER UK’S NEXT-GENERATION ARCHER2 SUPERCOMPUTER

The Next Platform | Oct 18, 2019

AMD has picked up yet another big supercomputer win with the selection of its second-generation Epyc processors, aka Rome, as the compute engine for the ARCHER2 system to be installed at the University of Edinburgh next year.

National Exascale Day: Racking up a Supercomputer Celebration

Satoshi Nakamoto Blog | Oct 18, 2019

If you ever need an excuse to unleash your inner geek, try this — October 18 is now National Exascale Day. It’s not a mega-match for a new weight class of outsized wrestlers. It’s a celebration of a new generation of supercomputers being born.

IBM Notches Another Supercomputer Win — The Motley Fool

True Viral News | Oct 17, 2019

Like Summit and Sierra, Pangea III is built around IBM’s POWER9 processors and accelerated by GPUs from NVIDIA. The system has a total computing power of 25 petaflops, meaning it can do 25 quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

UK's ARCHER2 supercomputer to integrate ~12,000 AMD EPYC Rome CPUs

NotebookCheck.net | Oct 16, 2019

The upcoming ARCHER2 supercomputer will be housed by the University of Edinburgh and will be 11X times faster than the current ARCHER system. When it goes online by May 2020, it will become the fastest CPU-only supercomputer and be among the five fastest supercomputers in the world.

The world’s best supercomputers are being updated to run AI software faster

True Viral News | Oct 16, 2019

AI researchers say gaining access to supercomputers can be a challenge because they are in high demand, while preparing programs to run on them is a relatively complicated and time-consuming exercise. At this year’s event, supercomputer makers and operators showed how they plan to make that easier.

EU based Archer 2 supercomputer gets 11696 AMD Epyc CPUs

The Guru of 3D | Oct 16, 2019

The United Kingdom Research and Innovation organization announced this week that Cray will deliver its new supercomputer. The Archer 2 runs on, and wait for it ... 11696 Epyc Rome CPUs for a total of 748,544 cores at 2.2 GHz.

AMD Epyc processors will power the UK's next national supercomputer

TechSpot | Oct 16, 2019

United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), an organization that works with universities, businesses, charities, and government to promote research and innovation, has chosen supercomputer manufacturer Cray to supply the hardware for the next national supercomputer.

AMD to Power Cray’s ARCHER2 Supercomputer in the UK

insideHPC | Oct 14, 2019

Following a procurement exercise, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are pleased to announce that Cray, an HPE company, has been awarded the contract to supply the hardware for the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2. Powered by AMD EPYC processors, ARCHER2 will be deployed at the University of Edinburgh.

High performance computing: Do you need it?

Network World | Oct 4, 2019

As costs drop and use cases multiply, high performance computing is attracting new adopters of all types and sizes. Expanding options include supercomputer-based HPC systems, cluster-based HPC, and cloud HPC services.

AI Stats News: 86% Of Consumers Prefer Humans To Chatbots

Forbes | Oct 2, 2019

Recent surveys, studies, forecasts and other quantitative assessments of the progress of AI, highlighted the growing reluctance of US consumers to chat with chatbots, the growing expectations of AI as a critical business component, and the growing employee skills gap due to the deployment of new technologies.

Artwork for NERSC’s Perlmutter System Unveiled

HPC Wire | Oct 2, 2019

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) has unveiled the mural that will grace the cabinets of its next major high-performance computing system when it is installed at Berkeley Lab in 2020.

AI Stats News: 86% Of Consumers Prefer Humans To Chatbots

Forbes | Oct 2, 2019

Recent surveys, studies, forecasts and other quantitative assessments of the progress of AI, highlighted the growing reluctance of US consumers to chat with chatbots, the growing expectations of AI as a critical business component, and the growing employee skills gap due to the deployment of new technologies.

Chippewa Falls marks Seymour Cray's birth

The Eau Claire Leader Telegram | Sep 27, 2019

Chippewa Falls is celebrating the birthday today of the man who invented the supercomputer that continues to be made in the city.

HPE Completes Acquisition of Cray

insideHPC | Sep 25, 2019

Today HPE today announced it has completed the acquisition of supercomputing leader Cray Inc., earlier than the original target date.

Cray: Enterprises Go Hybrid for AI Workloads

Channelnomics | Sep 24, 2019

The Cray survey, which was released this week, shows that organizations are bullish on applications that leverage AI and see hybrid cloud environments as the way to run them.

Research Findings: HPC-Enabled AI

insideHPC | Sep 18, 2019

In this video from the HPC User Forum at Argonne, Steve Conway from Hyperion Research presents: Research Findings: HPC-Enabled AI.

Contract award for $600 million exascale supercomputer

IHS Engineering360 | Aug 19, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) signed contracts with Cray Inc. to build the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, named El Capitan.

CANDLE Illuminates New Pathways in Fight Against Cancer

HPC Wire | Aug 16, 2019

By bringing together top computer scientists from across DOE as well as private industry partners — including NVIDIA, Cray, IBM, AMD, and Intel – CANDLE, as part of ECP, will help ensure that DOE is prepared to take advantage of new technologies as they’re developed.

Ookami with Cray ARM-based System to Serve as Testbed for Computational Studies

HPC Wire | Aug 16, 2019

A $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Institute of Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University will enable researchers nationwide to test future supercomputing technologies and advance computational and data-driven research on the world’s most pressing challenges.

HOW CRAY MAKES ETHERNET SUITED FOR HPC AND AI WITH SLINGSHOT

The Next Platform | Aug 16, 2019

Last fall, supercomputer maker Cray announced that it was getting back to making high performance cluster interconnects after a six year hiatus, but the company had already been working on its “Rosetta” switch ASIC for the Slingshot interconnect for quite a while before it started talking publicly about it.

How Chattanooga helped Oak Ridge get the world's fastest and most powerful computer

Timesfreepress.com | Aug 16, 2019

In May, Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced that Oak Ridge would get one of the world's first exascale computers, dubbed the Frontier built by Cray Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices. The $600 million Frontier computer system is expected to go into operation here in 2021 and will be the largest of three exascale computers planned by the Energy Department, including the Aurora and El Capitan computers at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

DOE/NNSA, Lab Announce Partnership with Cray to Develop NNSA’s First Exascale Supercomputer

Science and Technology Research News | Aug 16, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) today announced the signing of contracts with Cray Inc. to build the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, “El Capitan.” El Capitan will have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops (1.5 quintillion calculations per second) and an anticipated delivery in late 2022. The total contract award is valued at $600 million.

Air Force forecasts with petaflops of power

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base | Aug 15, 2019

PEO Digital personnel at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and Hanscom worked this acquisition effort. Oak Ridge National Laboratory selected Cray, Inc., a Seattle-based supercomputer manufacturer and awarded a $25 million, five-year contract on July 29. By late summer 2020, the Air Force expects the system to be operational.

IBM and the Past, Present, Future of Supercomputing

EWeek.com | Aug 15, 2019

Contrary to the opinions of some commentators, it’s hardly a disaster for IBM that Cray was chosen by the Department of Energy (DOE) to build its next-gen El Capitan supercomputer at the agency’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Nor was the DOE’s choosing Cray to develop the Frontier system for the Oak Ridge National Lab and the Shasta exascale system for the Argonne National Lab.

New Cray supercomputer will safeguard US nuclear stores

techradar.pro | Aug 14, 2019

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have announced that Cray will build the NNSA's first exascale supercomputer, called El Capitan for $600m, which will be used to help manage the US' nuclear stockpile.

CRAY RUNS THE EXASCALE TABLE IN THE UNITED STATES

The Next Platform | Aug 13, 2019

After a long wait, now we know. All three of the initial exascale-class supercomputer systems being funded by the US Department of Energy through its CORAL-2 procurement are going to be built by Cray, with that venerable maker of supercomputers being the prime contractor on two of them.

Cray is building a supercomputer to manage the US' nuclear stockpile

Engadget | Aug 13, 2019

Supercomputers are used for everything from mapping weather patterns to developing medicine –- now, they're looking after the nation's nuclear stockpile. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have announced they've signed a contract with Cray Computing for the NNSA's first exascale supercomputer, "El Capitan."

Cray lands $600 million contract from DOE to build El Capitan exascale supercomputer

ZDNet | Aug 13, 2019

Supercomputer maker Cray has landed a $600 million contract to build the El Capitan exascale system in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). This is the third US exascale win for Cray, which was recently acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise for $1.3 billion.

The DOE Announces El Capitan, World's New Fastest Supercomputer Will Hit 1.5 Sustained ExaFLOPS

Tom's Hardware | Aug 13, 2019

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the NNSA announced today that Cray's Shasta supercomputing platform would form the backbone of El Capitan. The new premier supercomputer in the U.S.'s arsenal will reach up to 1.5 exaFLOPS of sustained computational power, or 1.5 quintillion calculations per second. A quintillion weighs in at one billion billion operations per second, making El Capitan 10 times faster than any existing supercomputer.

Cray to develop insanely fast $600M ‘El Capitan’ supercomputer for U.S. nuclear simulations

GeekWire | Aug 13, 2019

The new system, dubbed “El Capitan,” will be an “exascale” supercomputer, referring to systems that can conduct at least one quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second, on a level believed to be capable of simulating the human brain. El Capitan will actually be capable of 1.5 quintillion calculations per second, enabling advanced artificial intelligence and modeling capabilities, Cray says.

Cray Wins NNSA-Livermore ‘El Capitan’ Exascale Contract

HPC Wire | Aug 13, 2019

Cray has won the bid to build the first exascale supercomputer for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The contract, valued at $600 million, calls for Cray to deliver El Capitan to Livermore in late 2022 with full production targeted for late 2023, enabling NNSA to continue to perform essential functions for the United States’ Nuclear Stockpile Stewardship Program.

US's Next Exascale Supercomputer to Focus on Nuclear Arms Testing

PCMag.com | Aug 13, 2019

The 'El Capitan' supercomputer is being built to simulate nuclear explosions. 'It will give us answers about the nuclear stockpile more accurately and more quickly than ever before,' said Bill Goldstein, director at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

US MILITARY BUYS THREE CRAY SUPERCOMPUTERS

The Next Platform | Aug 13, 2019

The Shasta system, known as HPC11, will be used by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, more specifically, the Air Force 557th Weather Wing, to provide operational weather forecasting and meteorology for both the Air Force and Army. In particular, the machine will be used to run the latest high-resolution, global and regional weather models, which will be used to support weather forecasts for warfighters, as well as for environmental impacts related to operations planning.

Cray Inks Another Nine-Figure Supercomputer Pact With U.S. Government

Seattle Business Magazine | Aug 13, 2019

The new supercomputer, dubbed El Capitan, will be developed using Cray’s Shasta architecture and feature software that opens the door to bring supercomputing power to business-enterprise environments. Cray says the new software platform “fuses supercomputing performance and capability with the modularity… and ease-of-use of cloud computing” and is designed “to address the growing need for supercomputing across government and private industries.” The new software platform is slated to be available starting in fourth-quarter 2019.

Nuclear Security Agency Turns to $600M Supercomputer for Weapons Readiness and Advancements

Nextgov | Aug 13, 2019

Built by Cray, Inc. for the Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the system will support NNSA as it ensures America’s nuclear weapons are secure and reliable in the absence of underground testing. The contract is valued at nearly $600 million and marks the third exascale computer Cray will build for the government, having previously announced Argonne National Lab’s Aurora and Oak Ridge National Lab’s Frontier.

The US nuclear stockpile will be managed by a $600 million supercomputer that's more powerful than the top 100 supercomputers combined

Business Insider | Aug 13, 2019

"El Capitan will allow our scientists and engineers to get answers to critical questions about the nuclear stockpile faster and more accurately than ever before, improving our efficiency and productivity, and enhancing our ability to reach our mission and national security goals," Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) lab director Bill Goldstein said in a statement.

Cray Shasta Software to Power Exascale Era

InsideHPC.com | Aug 13, 2019

Cray announced a new, open and extensible software platform to address the growing need for supercomputing across government and private industries. As advanced simulation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation create new, data intensive workloads, the need for performance at scale is growing rapidly. Recognizing the challenges presented by the exascale era, Cray’s software fuses supercomputing performance and capability with the modularity, composability and ease-of-use of cloud computing.

Cray to build El Capitan supercomputer for nuclear security apps

CNET | Aug 13, 2019

Cray has been awarded a $600 million contract to build the first exascale supercomputer for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the US Department of Energy and the NNSA announced Tuesday. Named El Capitan, the supercomputer will be the fastest known in the world and will help manage the US' nuclear stockpile. It's expected to go into production by late 2023.

Agencies lean into supercomputing

GCN | Aug 13, 2019

Built by Cray, "El Capitan" will be delivered in late 2022 and housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which ensures the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear stockpile in the absence of underground testing.

This $600 Million Supercomputer Will Manage The US's Nukes

the_byte. | Aug 13, 2019

El Capitan will be the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, a class reserved for computers capable of a quintillion calculations per second. With a peak performance of 1.5 exaflops, it’ll be more powerful than today’s top 100 supercomputers combined.

OLCF Bids Farewell to Its Titan Supercomputer

HPC Wire | Jul 4, 2019

After seven years of faithful service, and a long reign as the United States’ fastest supercomputer, the Cray XK7-based Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) will be decommissioned on August 1.

World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Designed to Handle Exponential Data Growth

ITPro Today | Jun 19, 2019

In concert with federal agencies, Cray is building a storage system designed to handle exabyte-level data-intensive workloads. The system will use Cray’s ClustorStor storage file solution running on the Oak Ridge National Lab’s Frontier exascale supercomputer, running the Cray Slingshot high-speed interconnect.

Enterprise HPC: Why HPE is buying Cray

Tech Target | Jun 6, 2019

The agreement will see it acquired by HPE in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3bn. The deal is expected to close by the first quarter of HPE’s fiscal year 2020, which ends in January

WHERE DOES NVIDIA GO IN THE DATACENTER FROM HERE?

The Next Platform | Jun 5, 2019

Being truly innovative once or twice or even three times, while not normal, is something that has been done by many companies in the six decades of commercial and technical data processing and visualization.

Exascale computing, now at $2.8B, described as critical to U.S.

TechTarget | May 20, 2019

The U.S. is spending $1.1 billion on two exascale computing systems, and Cray Inc.'s technology is on both of them. The U.S. is spending even more on exascale R&D. These systems are so expensive that only a government can afford them. They are considered critical to national defense and U.S. competitiveness.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Acquire Supercomputer Pioneer Cray

The New York Times | May 17, 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise said Friday that it would buy the supercomputer pioneer Cray, a relatively tiny financial transaction that could loom large in a quickening race between the United States and China at the highest reaches of computing.

HPE acquires supercomputing giant Cray for $1.3bn

The Inquirer | May 17, 2019

Seattle-based Cray, which recently announced plans to join forces with AMD to build the 'world's first' exascale supercomputer for the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), will help HPE to expand its foothold in the lucrative high-performance computing (HPC) sector, which is expected to grow from $28bn in 2018 to approximately $25bn in 021.

Quantum No Threat to Supercomputing As We Know It

The Next Platform | Mar 25, 2019

For problems of high scientific value, some type of classical computer will be required unless there is a fundamental change in how algorithms are conceived from the ground up. And in traditional supercomputing, that is not going to happen either—again, at least not in the next decade or more.

Weather Service Doubles Up On Cray Supercomputer

The Next Platform | Feb 13, 2019

South African Weather Service’s (SAWS) has performed a major upgrade of its Cray XC30 supercomputer, doubling its computational horsepower and tripling the system’s storage capacity.

Weather Service Doubles Up On Cray Supercomputer

The Next Platform | Feb 13, 2019

South African Weather Service’s (SAWS) has performed a major upgrade of its Cray XC30 supercomputer, doubling its computational horsepower and tripling the system’s storage capacity.

Scientists Leverage Supercomputing to Save Vital Food Source

HPCwire | Feb 12, 2019

In this video, produced by Cray, computational biologist Laura Boykin shares how scientists are working together to help East African farmers – 80 percent of whom are women – fight the pests and save this critical food source.

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 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, 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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.