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What’s Around the Corner?

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It starts with the excitement and anticipation. Then it’s down to business — making lists, counting days, packing and shipping, and maybe just a little bit of stress. No, I’m not talking about getting ready for the holidays. I’m talking about SC13!

We’re less than one week away from the biggest event of the year for Cray. The annual supercomputing conference (SC) will kick off on November 17 in Denver, Colorado. SC brings together some of the best minds in the world to both share and hear about our rapidly changing industry. It’s also a week where we celebrate noteworthy achievements — from scientific breakthroughs to new and innovative products that will ultimately turn great ideas into brilliant discoveries.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the SC series and in honor of that achievement we’ll be paying tribute to Seymour Cray in our exhibit (booth #1313). So make sure to stop by and “see” the father of supercomputing and let us introduce you to our product lineup, including our flagship XC30 supercomputers, flexible CS300 cluster solutions, big data analytics solutions, and the recently introduced Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) solution.

We also have a jam-packed week of meetings and events. Check out the full list here. We’ve added some new briefings this year away from the hustle and bustle of the show floor. These special events are by registration only and space is limited.

  • Register here for our Tuesday morning breakfast briefing on our cluster and storage solutions where you’ll hear how Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is using their cluster and storage solution from Cray.
  • Register here for the Wednesday afternoon session on Solutions for a Data-intensive World where Cray technologists will give in-depth introductions to our computing, storage, and analytics solutions and maybe even a sneak-peek at what’s coming next.

Another new element for this year is our first ever social media scavenger hunt. If you’re attending the show, check out our “Discovery Challenge” on November 19 and 20 where we’ll be testing participant’s knowledge on our customers and their systems. During the two-day-period we’ll post clues and hints on our Twitter feed to guide users through the challenge. The first 200 people to complete at least five of the missions correctly will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Register here to get started.  Even if you’re not attending SC13 you can still keep tabs on the contest – just look for #CraySC13 on your Twitter feed.

And if our social media contest isn’t enough to tax your brain, check out the new Celebrity Pro-Am Cluster Challenge which we have co-sponsored with our partner Intel. In this new addition to the traditional Student Cluster Challenge student teams from the Student Cluster Competition (the “amateurs”) will compete against a team of industry gurus (the “pros”). Come to booth #3146 on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to see it live.

The countdown continues — time to get back to packing — hope to see you in Denver.

Christy Adkinson, Director of Corporate Marketing

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