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Cray’s Past Instrumental in Guiding its Future

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This past weekend, we used the occasion of Mr. Seymour Cray’s birthday to pay tribute to the visionary who started it all and is affectionately known as the “Father of Supercomputing.”  With a childhood interest in electronics and electrical devices, he began an early quest to create some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, and there is no doubt he has shaped and influenced today’s HPC industry. As a company, Cray was among the early information technology giants to emerge in the United States and has long striven to provide leadership in the sector. History often shapes the present and guides the future, and this is evident in Cray's direction. Our longstanding place in the HPC sector has given us the experience and … [Read more...]

Open & Trusted Storage Solutions for Cluster Systems

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I’ve worked in the data management and storage business since 1999.  One of the things that struck me early on was how supply-side and proprietary the industry was.  Storage vendors often pushed extraneous hardware or over-provisioned configurations.  Systems were proprietary and didn’t interop.   You could not replicate data from vendor A’s system to vendor B’s system and the worst part was that customers often were burdened carrying the tab for years, integrating and making due with supply-side configurations. For example, one customer I worked with described how a storage vendor dropped the gear off at the loading dock and walked away.  The customer was stuck figuring out how to put the pieces together. In HPC, … [Read more...]

Cray Scalable Storage for Seismic Processing: Using Cray Cluster Connect

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When I first joined Cray and heard what we were doing with the Lustre file system and the types of customers we were working with, it was obvious the company had something unique. One of those unique traits is that, unlike traditional storage vendors (aka suppliers), Cray understands parallel systems — from the apps on down to the storage — and delivering complete solutions that meet customers’ expectations (for performance, dependability and others). … [Read more...]

Supercomputer, Cluster, Cellphone – What’s the difference?

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Let’s admit it. Supercomputing is an interesting industry to work in, and this line of employment often generates some peculiar questions and thoughts from people trying to gain a better understanding of what it is that we actually design, develop, build and sell. I often hear the saying: “my cellphone is a supercomputer because it’s just as fast, or faster, than a supercomputer was 30 years ago. Believe it or not, you still cannot predict a tornado on a cellphone, it just won’t work. You need a supercomputer for that type of scientific prognostication.  While today’s smartphones are, well, smart, they’re not that smart. The saying does hold some deep truth for us about commoditization and technological evolution, but … [Read more...]

Cray and VBRX hosting HPC workshop for upstream applications in Oil and Gas

Head to Rio on May 23 to learn more about how HPC technologies can pay dividends in the oil and gas sector.

On May 23rd, Cray and VBRX will host an event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil focusing on upstream applications in the Oil and Gas industry to address the growing demands of high-performance computing in this sector. The workshop aims to show the operational advantages oil and gas companies can gain by turning to HPC technologies and upstream scientific applications. HPC solutions and the oil and gas sector Seismic imaging and reservoir simulation are the most compute intensive tasks performed in the oil and gas industry. Improvements in seismic image clarity, resolution, and accuracy have direct financial impact financial in a business where one exploration well in deep water will cost in excess of $100M. While there are no known seismic … [Read more...]