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Supercomputer, Cluster, Cellphone – What’s the difference?

Clusters vs. Supercomputers

Let’s admit it. Supercomputing is an interesting industry to work in, and this line of employment often generates some peculiar questions and thoughts from people trying to gain a better understanding of what it is that we actually design, develop, build and sell. I often hear the saying: “my cellphone is a supercomputer because it’s just as fast, or faster, than a supercomputer was 30 years ago. Believe it or not, you still cannot predict a tornado on a cellphone, it just won’t work. You need a supercomputer for that type of scientific prognostication.  While today’s smartphones are, well, smart, they’re not that smart. The saying does hold some deep truth for us about commoditization and technological evolution, but … [Read more...]

NCKU deploys Cray supercomputer to support life sciences research

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The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan recently put the high performance computing resources of a Cray supercomputer into its Computer and Network Center. The university’s new system, a Cray XE6m supercomputer, can achieve peak performance of more than 4 teraflops. Acquiring a new supercomputer is an important step for the university. The Cray XE6m system, which will be overseen by the university’s supercomputing research center, will be used for critical research that will ultimately benefit society at large. Research otherwise not possible without their new Cray. NCKU's life sciences research project NCKU has supported a wide range of research efforts in its Computer and Network center, but the university is gearing … [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...]

Chapel: Productive Parallel Programming

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Parallel computing has resulted in numerous significant advances in science and technology over the past several decades.  However, in spite of these successes, the fact remains that only a small fraction of the world’s programmers are capable of effectively using the parallel languages and programming models employed within HPC and mainstream computing.  Chapel is an emerging parallel language being developed at Cray Inc. with the goal of addressing this issue and making parallel programming far more productive and generally accessible. Chapel originated from the DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) program, which challenged vendors like Cray to improve the productivity of high-end computing systems.  Engineers at … [Read more...]

Cray unveils new branch of Cray XC30 product line

The new Cray XC30-AC is putting HPC capabilities into the hands of the technical enterprise segment.

Many businesses are facing a growing need to complete data-intensive research and simulations to support innovation. However, companies in the technical enterprise range rarely have the funds needed to invest in a high-end HPC data center, supercomputer and storage solution. Enter the new Cray XC30-AC™ supercomputer. Through a combination of integrated high-performance computing architecture and an efficient air-cooling system, the new branch of the Cray XC30™ product line can provide between 20 TF and 200 TF of performance at a price point ranging from $500 thousand to $3 million. A close look at the XC30-AC On the inside, the Cray XC30-AC supercomputer is not all that different from our liquid-cooled Cray XC30 system. The … [Read more...]