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

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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

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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...]

YarcData Announces the winners of the $100k Graph Analytics Challenge

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The YarcData team recently announced the winners of the $100,000 Graph Analytics Challenge, which showcased the increasing applicability and adoption of graph analytics in discovering unknown relationships in Big Data.  The president of YarcData, Arvind Parthasarathi, shared his perspective on the challenge in a blog post on the YarcData website, and reflected on how graph analytics has impacted the way research is being conducted. Here is Arvind’s post: YarcData Blog: Reflecting on our Graph Analytics Challenge By Arvind Parthasarathi, President I wanted to thank the participants of our $100,000 Graph Analytics Challenge. It took our judges much deliberation to choose the winner, because each of the six finalists presented a … [Read more...]

Cray at Bio-IT World Conference in Boston

Cray is enabling better research practices in science.

The 2013 Bio-IT World Conference will be held from April 9-11 in Boston. The event represents a unique opportunity for visitors to learn how informatics plays a key role in multiple disciplines within life sciences. Today life sciences is evolving as it tries to cope with the deluge of data that is generated from rapidly evolving new technologies.  As data-intensive technologies take hold in a variety of research areas in life sciences, finding ways to develop efficient tools that can help analyze data is a major challenge for the IT industry. As a leader in the evolving high performance computing industry, Cray is creating unique solutions that leverage big data and supercomputing know-how. Cray's presence at the Bio-IT World … [Read more...]

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

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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...]