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INCITE Program Paves Way for Groundbreaking Research

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This year marks the seventh anniversary of the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, which has given researchers from academia, government labs and industry access to some of the fastest supercomputers in the world. INCITE enables scientific discoveries and technological innovations by awarding time on multiple systems and is now accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains. INCITE’s Multi-Discipline Research  Using one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world — “Titan,” a Cray® XK7™ system housed at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) — researchers across the country … [Read more...]

Record LS-DYNA “car2car” Performance Paves the Way for Future Crash/Safety Simulation

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A Cray supercomputer has set a speed record in a crash/safety simulation used by the automotive and aerospace industries. Leveraging the scalability of the Aries interconnect in the Cray® XC30™ supercomputer, engineers ran the “car2car” model, a 2.4-million element crash/safety simulation, in under 1,000 seconds. The LS-DYNA results are posted on topcrunch.org, the site that was created to track the performance of HPC systems on actual engineering applications codes. In addition to the job turnaround record (931 seconds), the result set a record for the level of parallelism (3,000 cores). As the automotive and aerospace industries continue to run larger and more complex simulations, the performance and scalability of the … [Read more...]

Video Blog: Solutions that Enable Life Sciences Advances

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Advanced IT solutions are transforming the life sciences industry, and there are few better places to learn about how this is happening than the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston. The conference is coming up soon, and at Cray, we're excited to highlight our computing, storage and analysis solutions. Ted Slater, senior solutions architect for life sciences at YarcData, a Cray company, will present on Wednesday, April 30, and talk about how YarcData’s Urika technology is fueling major advances. Ted's presentation, "Learn How YarcData's Graph Analytics Appliance Makes It Easy to Use Big Data in Life Sciences," is about how data-intensive research is rising in life sciences and how YarcData systems provide the functionality … [Read more...]

CUG’14 Just Around the Corner

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It’s time again for the annual Cray User Group meeting. This year’s event will be hosted by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in the picturesque town of Lugano, Switzerland. From May 4-8 Cray users and system owners from around the world will congregate to collaborate and share their experiences. A contingent of Cray employees will join them to hear straight from the customer and to present tutorials and technical papers. While the conference will include several interesting networking events in beautiful venues, this is first and foremost a technical conference whose goal is to facilitate collaboration and information exchange in the Cray user community. This annual conference gives CUG members the opportunity to share … [Read more...]

Unconventional Ways Supercomputers are Used

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Supercomputers power a diverse array of scientific research, including calculating the airflow of aircrafts, simulating the earth’s climate, producing data for hurricane predictions to help save communities, providing managers with the tools to make smarter production decisions . . . the possibilities are endless. Enough about the obvious though. In this first of an ongoing series of posts, I’d like to introduce you to some of the more unexpected ways supercomputers are having an impact on our lives.  Believe me, you may be surprised. #1: Ice Cream A team of scientists are using fluid dynamic applications to study the behavior of "soft matter," which incorporates any material considered soft, including ice cream. That’s … [Read more...]