September is upon us and it is time, once again, to pause and take a look at what has been happening in the supercomputing sector this week.
OpenFabrics Alliance announces new vice chair
Paul Grun, the Cray representative to the OpenFabrics Alliance, was recently named the new vice chairman of the industry association. The OpenFabrics Alliance is designed to develop, test and license the OpenFabrics open-source RDMA software, and is looking forward to bringing Grun’s expertise from his work with Cray into the forefront as the OpenFabrics solution continues to evolve. Grun has spent more than 30 years in Server I/O work. Furthermore, his work with Cray, where he has been employed since 2012, has given him vital insights into storage and data management issues and how they can be overcome.
When combined, Grun’s experience gives him a unique insight into dealing with large systems that OpenFabrics can interact with, making him a key part of the team. Jim Ryan, chairman of the OpenFabrics Alliance, explained that Grun is invaluable because he has proven ability in areas of need for the alliance.
“Paul is a proven professional in the high-tech industry and brings with him years of experience working in the strategic application of I/O technology, solving enterprise problems and creating advanced data centers for the enterprise and government industries,” said Ryan. “I am pleased that Paul has offered his time and expertise to serve as the OpenFabrics Alliance’s vice chair and am honored to be working side-by-side with him to ensure the continued success of the alliance.”
Intel Moves to Eau Claire
Wisconsin has long been home to Cray, and the company began sharing that home with Intel when the companies shared office space in Chippewa Falls. Intel moved into Cray’s Chippewa Falls facility in May 2012, and the company is now moving the branch into its own space in nearby Eau Claire, WQOW.com reported.
According to the news source, Intel’s move into the Cray facility made for an excellent job retention situation in the region, something that will be continued as Intel brings those workers to it’s new Eau Claire office and even looks to hire a few new employees. Intel’s Jonathan Williams explained that the job retention benefits of the company’s strategies in Wisconsin are extremely valuable to communities.
“This is a job retention story,” Williams told WQOW.com. “Folks get excited about job growth and new job creation stories and those are exciting stories as well. But sometimes those job retention stories are as important to communities and that is what this story is about.”
Cray supercomputers deployed at Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute
The Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan has deployed a combination of Cray technology assets to form a supercomputing architecture capable of achieving more than 100 teraflops of peak performance and 220 terabytes of storage capacity. RTRI recently put a Cray XC30-AC supercomputer, a Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system into production.
Hideyuki Takai, executive director of the RTRI, explained that the institute is incredibly dependent on supercomputing assets to support critical research and development efforts. The organization had worked with Cray in the past, but in an effort to perform due diligence, thoroughly analyzed its options when selecting the vendor for this project. Upon completing that process, RTRI came back to Cray because of the combination of features it was able to offer.
“The flexibility, reliability, scalability and power efficiency of the Cray supercomputing systems played an important role in our decision, and we are pleased that our researchers and engineers will continue to have the computational tools necessary for performing our daily R&D activities,” Takai explained.