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Leading academic institutions worldwide select Cray solutions

From teaching the next generation of scientists to making tomorrow’s groundbreaking discoveries, academic researchers use supercomputing for a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines. Cray supports these varied endeavors with systems that range from small cluster installations to massive computing machines that power research at the largest national datacenters.

  • Cray® XC™ series systems offer academic users needed flexibility and power with their renowned scalability and adaptive architectures and Cray's commitment to open standards in software.
  • Capacity-oriented Cray® CS™ series cluster supercomputers offer high performance and maximum configuration flexibility.
  • Cray storage and data management systems provide integrated, reliable and modular scale-out Lustre® storage to maximize file system performance and scalability at any size.
  • And the Cray® Urika®-GX agile analytics platform fuses supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for big data and real time analytics. The Urika-GX system provides unprecedented versatility for running multiple analytics workloads concurrently on a single platform that leverages the speed of a Cray supercomputer.

A diverse universe of research applications are run on Cray systems worldwide, with many optimized to exploit the scaling provided by Cray architecture.

Cray systems are a top choice for leadership centers in academia, with solutions ranging from single-university systems up to the largest installations in national academic research centers. Leading academic institutions worldwide such as the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), University of Kyoto, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Illinois and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have selected Cray solutions of every size and type.

Featured Resources

Solving Gerrymandering with the Cray “Blue Waters” Supercomputer

In two-thirds of U.S. states, electoral district boundaries are drawn by the state’s majority political party. The process can be controversial and often gives rise to claims of manipulation, or “gerrymandering.” A political scientist at the University of Illinois is using a Cray supercomputer to develop a fairer way to draw district boundaries.

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The Pawsey Centre’s Cray XC40 Supercomputer “Magnus” Gives Researchers a Big Advantage in Fight Against Lung Disease

Chronic respiratory diseases interrupt the airways and other lung structures, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Researchers created a first-ever 3D model of the lung using “Magnus,” Pawsey Supercomputing Centre’s Cray XC40 supercomputer, with the goal of improved delivery of aerosolized medications.

HLRS “Hornet” Cray XC40 System Dominates on Extreme-Scale Simulations

The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart put their new Cray XC40 supercomputer “Hornet” to the supreme test on six projects representing computationally demanding scientific fields including planetary research, climatology, environmental chemistry, aerospace and scientific engineering.

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