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Cray Supercomputers Powering Scientific Research in Chemistry and Life Sciences

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In recent months, several chemistry and life sciences organizations have turned to Cray supercomputers to power their scientific research. Among them we welcome Duke University, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Université Laval in Canada, S.N. Bose in India, and the PDC Center for High-Performance Computing at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, as well as a number of leading pharmaceutical companies and biotechs. These organizations are doing groundbreaking work, and providing them with Cray supercomputers is representative of our growing presence in this vitally important segment. Chemistry and life sciences researchers are certainly no strangers to HPC. In fact, as part of the 2013 HPCwire … [Read more...]

Scaling Performance of Explicit Structural Applications

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A few months back I wrote a blog on “Extreme Scaling in CAE Applications” which showed results for CFD applications scaling to over 10,000 cores. This blog will focus on the scaling performance of explicit structural analysis applications (often referred to as “crash simulation” applications). There has been increased emphasis and significant improvements in the scaling of the explicit structural codes. Because these codes are important across several industries, this work merits a separate post. Background The most popular explicit structural analysis codes are Abaqus/Explicit, LS-DYNA®, PAM-CRASH®, and RADIOSS®. These applications are heavily used in the automotive industry for crash and safety analysis. They are also … [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...]

Supercomputing to Impact Future of Deep Space Exploration

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Radio astronomy uses radio waves to capture images of some of the deepest, most obscure parts of space. Where optical, light-based astronomy is limited based on obstruction such as clouds or cosmic dust, radio telescopes can avoid these disruptions and identify invisible gasses and other astronomic bodies that cannot be seen through optical means. Cosmic entities like our Sun or stars in distant galaxies emit radio waves, making it possible to create images of them without being able to visibly view them through an optical telescope. The Large Telescope Working Group of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) has been trying to develop a next-generation radio observatory and, in 1991, came up with the idea of the … [Read more...]

Extreme Scaling in CAE Applications

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With all the change that has happened around the high performance computing (HPC) environments used in manufacturing over the past 20 years, two constants have remained: 1) the computer-aided engineering (CAE) workload – and hence the demand for compute power – have nearly doubled every year; and 2) the names of the ISV applications used today for CAE simulations are pretty much the same as 20 years ago (e.g. NASTRAN, Abaqus, Fluent, LS-DYNA). The first constant is a direct result of CAE becoming a core element in the product design process. The second is a result of the constant enhancements in both features and performance made by the ISVs. The Move to Extreme Scalability It is the HPC performance, and specifically the parallel … [Read more...]