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Discussions at the Rice Conference Highlight Role of HPC Systems in Oil & Gas

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I just came back from the annual Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop hosted by Rice University and can say the event has grown rapidly to where it has become a broad investigation of the use and role of HPC in the Oil & Gas segment. In terms of attendance, the conference impressed with more than 300 registrants. For the first time, it also featured “Lightning Talks”; those rapid-fire, few slides, special effects, big font size presentations so beloved by the West Coast/Silicon Valley computer industry. (Perhaps next year, we’ll see some VCs showing up? The HPC industry in Oil & Gas is certainly big enough and innovating dramatically enough to warrant their presence). At such events, it’s customary … [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...]

It’s A Wrap

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And another successful SC conference comes to a close. We had a fabulous week at SC13 with a busy booth and even busier briefing rooms. It all started off with a bang on Monday night with the unveiling of our new booth where we served up free Colorado microbrews and celebrated another year of new faces, new products, and new customers. Visitors to our exhibit were met with more racks of computing, storage, and analytics products than ever before. This year, Cray and three of our staff members were recognized in a special silver anniversary ceremony recognizing companies and individuals who have participated in all 25 annual SC conferences. Also in honor of this special anniversary we displayed an historic Cray-1 module and a life-size … [Read more...]

What’s Around the Corner?

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It starts with the excitement and anticipation. Then it’s down to business — making lists, counting days, packing and shipping, and maybe just a little bit of stress. No, I’m not talking about getting ready for the holidays. I’m talking about SC13! We’re less than one week away from the biggest event of the year for Cray. The annual supercomputing conference (SC) will kick off on November 17 in Denver, Colorado. SC brings together some of the best minds in the world to both share and hear about our rapidly changing industry. It’s also a week where we celebrate noteworthy achievements — from scientific breakthroughs to new and innovative products that will ultimately turn great ideas into brilliant discoveries. This year … [Read more...]

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...]