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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...]

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!

CS300-AC (1) FINA2L

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...]