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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...]

Cray Clusters Feed Growing Market

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It’s well known that the high performance computing (HPC) market has grown quickly over the last couple of decades. In fact, the HPC market has tripled in size from $3.7 billion in the mid-1990s to $11.1 billion in 2012 according to IDC. But what may surprise some industry observers is the furious growth of cluster supercomputers. In 2003, these systems accounted for only 20 percent of all HPC system revenue; but from 2007 onward, clustered systems have grown to represent roughly 65 percent of total HPC system revenue, according to IDC. In addition, we’re likely to see the demand for cluster supercomputers continue to climb over the coming years as Big Data increases the demand for systems that can handle data-intensive … [Read more...]

Computing Models Advancing as Oil and Gas Industry Demands Change

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The oil and gas industry has long been among the leading practitioners of supercomputing technology, as 3D seismic data processing has been a staple of the sector for years. Recent developments in the industry have added additional layers of complexity and opportunity that promise to improve exploration and production operations - Permanent Reservoir Monitoring, or PRM. In the past, the development plan for a newly discovered field was based entirely on the original seismic data, observations made by the discovery and subsequent wells. In the previous two decades, it had been demonstrated at more than twenty producing fields around the world that when 3D seismic surveys were repeated two or three times a year it was possible to detect … [Read more...]

Cray Roundtable Leads to Key Discussions on HPC Needs in Academia

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The steady advancement of computational and storage technologies available in modern supercomputing is changing how colleges and universities train future scientists, engineers and other professionals. It is also leading to a shift in how they enable faculty members and commercial partners to do the kind of ground-breaking research that has come to be expected in academia. At Cray, we want to both anticipate and embrace advances, and we recently hosted a higher-education roundtable discussion at the XSEDE Conference to engage in some serious talks about how supercomputing technologies need to change in light of new needs in academia. … [Read more...]

Higher-ed turns to data-intensive computing

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Cray has long played a vital role in the higher education community. We value the scientific advances made by researchers in academia and are committed to supporting them with some of the most powerful, and flexible, high-performance computing technologies in the world. To find out more about what we are doing in academia and where we see the industry heading, consider spending some time with us at the upcoming Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project conference. Cray at XSEDE ​The XSEDE project is focused on "advancing science, engineering research and education" and Cray is a key player in these areas. With supercomputers at different performance tiers ranging from technical enterprise systems to … [Read more...]