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Gearing up for ISC’13 in Leipzig, Germany!

ISC1

One of my favorite HPC conferences of the year is fast approaching. The International Supercomputing Conference is just a few days away, and a number of us Crayons are making the final preparations for this year's annual gathering of the HPC community in Leipzig, Germany. The week-long exhibition has previously been held in Hamburg, but now we move to the beautiful town of Leipzig, with rich culture, music, history, and a state-of-the art conference center. ISC is one of the premier supercomputing events, and is a great opportunity to gather in Leipzig and discuss, explore and experience the rapidly changing world of HPC. ISC'13 will take place June 17-19, with a tutorial day scheduled for the 16th. With more than 2,500 expected … [Read more...]

Recent Workshop Analyzes HPC in the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and Gas

A few weeks back, Cray and VBRX (now known as XQUBE) teamed up to a host workshop focused on upstream Oil and Gas applications and the growing demands for High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies in the Oil and Gas industry. With events like this, we often spend a disproportionate amount of time promoting the event itself, rather than providing some insights into what was actually presented, discussed and shared. So, I’m happy to give you my first-hand account. I’m proud to say, the workshop was a great success and we are pleased to have played a key role in putting it together. Held in beautiful Rio de Janeiro on May 23, the event was well attended and well received. There were several talks on wide array of topics, such as … [Read more...]

Cray and VBRX hosting HPC workshop for upstream applications in Oil and Gas

Head to Rio on May 23 to learn more about how HPC technologies can pay dividends in the oil and gas sector.

On May 23rd, Cray and VBRX will host an event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil focusing on upstream applications in the Oil and Gas industry to address the growing demands of high-performance computing in this sector. The workshop aims to show the operational advantages oil and gas companies can gain by turning to HPC technologies and upstream scientific applications. HPC solutions and the oil and gas sector Seismic imaging and reservoir simulation are the most compute intensive tasks performed in the oil and gas industry. Improvements in seismic image clarity, resolution, and accuracy have direct financial impact financial in a business where one exploration well in deep water will cost in excess of $100M. While there are no known seismic … [Read more...]

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...]