Visit additional Tabor Communication Publications
February 09, 2012
HPC titan Cray has thrown its hat into the big data arena, as it announced a new division yesterday called YarcData. In what seems to be an Oprah-esque move, the new division is actually the company’s name spelled backwards. The Cray name has been synonymous with the supercomputing world for nearly 40 years and it appears that the new big data division is set to prove its merit without having to use the “Cray” name.
Nicole Hemsoth from Datanami.com was able to catch up with Cray CEO, Peter Ungaro and the head of the YarcData division, Arvind Parthasarathi yesterday after the news was announced “Parthasarathi made it clear that it is a big change for him coming into a hardware-focused company but Ungaro quickly picked up on this point, noting that there are some significant developments coming in software—some that go far beyond mere Hadoop or commodity cluster solutions that come pre-packaged with a one-size-fits-all big data stack.” With the addition of Parthasarathi, Cray is definitely ramping up its focus on software, but specifically where they plan to focus their energies in big data development is still unknown.
The announcement yesterday is not completely a surprise, as Cray had been making headway into big data developments before creating this new division. The Cray XMT, for example, is a system designed for behavioral prediction, pattern matching and anomaly identification, using cutting-edge supercomputing technology.
Another hint was the creation of Supercomputer Institute Learning and Knowledge Systems (SILKS), the result of a partnership between Cray and Sandia last May. Sandia is a subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, whose focus is in R&D relating to national security, energy and environmental technologies. In the press release, Shoaib Mufti, director of knowledge management for Cray’s custom engineering group said of the partnership “Sandia is a leading national lab with strong expertise in area of the data analysis”
Big data analytics are definitely growing in popularity as startups are getting a boost from investors, and it would make sense for Cray to move in this direction given their recent developments in products and partnerships. It will be interesting to see what specific applications and verticals the new division is able to draw in. Over time, we will see if YarcData has the pull to gain a foothold in the big data industry and succeed in being self-sufficient without leaning on the Cray name.
The Xeon Phi coprocessor might be the new kid on the high performance block, but out of all first-rate kickers of the Intel tires, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) got the first real jab with its new top ten Stampede system.We talk with the center's Karl Schultz about the challenges of programming for Phi--but more specifically, the optimization...
Although Horst Simon was named Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he maintains his strong ties to the scientific computing community as an editor of the TOP500 list and as an invited speaker at conferences.
Supercomputing veteran, Bo Ewald, has been neck-deep in bleeding edge system development since his twelve-year stint at Cray Research back in the mid-1980s, which was followed by his tenure at large organizations like SGI and startups, including Scale Eight Corporation and Linux Networx. He has put his weight behind quantum company....
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/15/2013 | Bull | “50% of HPC users say their largest jobs scale to 120 cores or less.” How about yours? Are your codes ready to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-parallel HPC systems? Download this White Paper by Analysts Intersect360 Research to see what Bull and Intel’s Center for Excellence in Parallel Programming can do for your codes.
In this demonstration of SGI DMF ZeroWatt disk solution, Dr. Eng Lim Goh, SGI CTO, discusses a function of SGI DMF software to reduce costs and power consumption in an exascale (Big Data) storage datacenter.
The Cray CS300-AC cluster supercomputer offers energy efficient, air-cooled design based on modular, industry-standard platforms featuring the latest processor and network technologies and a wide range of datacenter cooling requirements.