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CUG 2013 Preview…On the Road to Napa

CUG 2013

The annual Cray User Group (CUG) meeting is just a week away. I always look forward to this opportunity to see and hear from our customers from around the world. They gather each May to share their experiences with their Cray systems, learn from their peers, hear from Cray’s partners and give us feedback on what we can do better. The week also provides plenty of time to meet new people and catch up with old friends. This year’s event will be in Napa Valley, California and hosted by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). CUG is an independent corporation of member organizations that own Cray systems. It actually runs independently of Cray Inc., but with very close ties.  Cray employees serve as Special … [Read more...]

“Lee Friedlander: The Cray Photographs,” a Crayon’s Review

Cantor Arts

I attended the April 5th opening reception of Lee Friedlander: The Cray Photographs at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center and was pleased and moved in every respect by the exhibit, the people attending and their reactions to what they saw. For me this was a unique event, bringing together my studies as a graduate student at Stanford and my long career at Cray. Amidst the nearly 500 visitors (including my mother Louise, my sister Deb and my brother-in-law Tom) I saw Rupak Biswas from NASA-Ames attending with his wife, and Katie Antypas from NERSC attending with her parents. This was certainly a family affair. Friedlander’s 79 framed photographs are presented in a circular format in one room, each frame pressed against the … [Read more...]

Innovation through Collaboration: Lustre User Group 2013

OpenSFS_Lug

At Cray, we are proud of our supercomputing history. We are also proud of our heritage and leadership position within the Lustre® file system community, having delivered some of the world’s largest and fastest production Lustre file systems. Lustre has evolved and matured into the pre-eminent, open parallel file system for HPC and big data storage. Our open storage system strategy builds on the Linux® operating system (across numerous distributions), and combines interoperability, platform choice, and the Lustre file system. Why Lustre?  Simply put: performance, scalability, and innovation through open collaboration. The Lustre file system powers around 2/3rds of the top 100 HPC sites.  At Cray, we have a broad number of … [Read more...]

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

CS300-AC (1) FINA2L

Over the last 12 months, I have felt more like a racecar driver than the CEO of Cray. We have been moving at NASCAR-like speed in almost every aspect of our business, while at same time leveraging the amazing technical leadership capabilities of our teams to do some things that Cray has never done before.   In the last year alone, we have: Built the largest supercomputer in the history of our company and the fastest storage subsystem ever built with the Blue Waters system at the University of Illinois (thanks to NCSA for using our Cray XE6 and Sonexion storage systems); Built the #1 system on the TOP500 list (congrats to Oak Ridge with their Cray XK7 supercomputer named “Titan”); Delivered the biggest supercomputer … [Read more...]

Big IO for Big Oil: Perspectives from the Rice Oil & Gas Workshop

Oil and gas event

A number of Cray folks attended the Rice Oil & Gas workshop in Houston last Thursday, February 28th.  It was incredible visiting such an influential group of energy leaders.  Most of the major US oil & gas companies and service providers were there. The morning keynote was presented by Dirk Smit, VP of Exploration Technology and Chief Scientist Geophysics, Innovation and R&D, at Shell.   In the keynote, Compute Challenges to Meet Future Energy Demands, he stated that supplying the world’s water and food will become progressively critical. According to the LA Times, we’re adding more than 70-million people a year to the planet.  Supplying water and food to them will demand new research and investments. In upstream … [Read more...]