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Hadoop for Scientific Big Data – Maslow’s Hammer or Swiss Army Knife?

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The Law of the Instrument (aka Maslow’s Hammer) is an over-reliance on a familiar tool — or, as my grandfather used to say “when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.” I’m sure this principle comes to mind as many professionals within the scientific computing community are being asked to investigate the appropriateness of Hadoop® — today’s most familiar Big Data tool. When used inappropriately, and incorporating technologies not suited for scientific Big Data, using Hadoop may indeed feel like wielding a cumbersome hammer. But when used appropriately, and with a technology stack that’s specifically suited to the realities of scientific Big Data, Hadoop can feel like a Swiss Army … [Read more...]

Infographic: The Cray Transformation

The Cray Transformation

At Cray, we have been building high-performance computing systems for more than 40 years. Over that time, we have stood firm at the cutting edge of technology developments, providing our customers with the tools they need to solve some of the most rigorous computational problems. This infographic exemplifies our transformation and broadened product portfolio to include supercomputing, storage and big data solutions. … [Read more...]

Another Exciting Year

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As we near the end of 2013, Cray is closing out one of the most transformative years in our long and proud history. In just this year alone, we successfully integrated two strategic acquisitions, won a number of large supercomputing contracts at customer sites around the world, significantly expanded our business and portfolio of solutions, continued to build the financial strength of the company, and added a host of highly-talented individuals to our team. It’s been quite a year! Since the early days of our company, starting with our iconic founder Seymour Cray, we have been a trusted partner to customers around the world with a commitment to do two things really well:  be focused on their success and help them to see around the next … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season for Graph Analytics!

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Over at the YarcData blog, Alyssa Jarrett explains why even Santa needs a Urika appliance to help get him through this tumultuous time of year.  With variables that may interfere with Santa's travels ranging from unexpected blizzards to Rudolph getting sick to those beloved house animals who tend to despise the big bearded man, how could one individual possibly cover every well-behaved child in this world? Check out the latest YarcData blog “’Tis the Season for Graph Analytics!”  to gain some insight on how Mr. Claus does it and how a Urika appliance could help. … [Read more...]

YarcData Urika Offers Unique Storage Functionality


Storage is an integral component of any high-performance computing strategy, especially as more organizations begin to explore big data analytics. Companies trying to figure out the best way to handle big data may want to take a close look at the YarcData Urika® solution, a storage model that establishes a non-partitioned storage unit with 512 terabytes of shared memory to maximize analytics capabilities. A recent blog from YarcData’s, Alyssa Jarrett, explores this functionality and explains its benefits through a few key comparisons. She also points out that  512 terabytes of unpartitioned storage equates to seven times more books than the entire catalog of the U.S. Library of Congress, 48 seconds worth of the entire internet or … [Read more...]