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35,000-Core Aussie Supercomputer to Feature ‘Haswell’ Chips

May 13, 2014 |

Western Australian research organization iVEC has revealed that its latest-generation Cray XC30 will be decked out with 35,000 Intel cores when a scheduled upgrade is completed later this year. According to the 2012 plan, Magnus, the phase 2 system installed at the Pawsey Centre in Perth, Western Australia, will employ a combination of Intel Ivy Bridge, Read more…

Safety Simulation Sets Speed Record

May 8, 2014 |

For the automotive and aerospace industries, crash and safety analysis by finite elements is used to shorten the design cycle and reduce costs. Recently, a popular crash/safety simulation set a new speed record. Over on the Cray blog, Greg Clifford, manufacturing segment manager at the historic supercomputing company, explains how LS-DYNA “car2car” simulation reached new Read more…

Emerging System Sets Stage for Exascale Science

Apr 29, 2014 |

Today we welcome a new large-scale system into the high performance computing fold with the formal announcement of Cori, a new supercomputer set to be installed at NERSC in the mid-2016 timeframe. Known in its RFP stages as NERSC-8, the new machine will sport over 9,300 nodes, featuring the next-generation Knights Landing architecture housed within Read more…

Titan Captures Liquid-Crystal Film Complexity

Apr 14, 2014 |

Liquid-crystal displays (familiar to most as LCDs) rely on the light modulating properties of liquid crystals to bring images to life on a wide variety of screens. From computer monitors to televisions to instrumental panels and signage, LCDs are a pervasive element of modern life. LCDs employ high-tech films, which must be both thin and Read more…

Inside Major League Baseball’s “Hypothesis Machine”

Apr 3, 2014 |

When it comes to sports statistics, there’s no richer source of historical data than baseball. With over 140 years of detailed information on individual players, teams, and winning trends, the addition of digital data is powering even deeper analytical capability to help fans and team owners make decisions. Baseball data, over 95% of which has Read more…

Best Practices in Datacenter Cooling

Mar 31, 2014 |

The High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²) at Mississippi State University is boosting its high-performance computing capabilities with the installation of “Shadow,” a Cray® CS300-LC™ liquid-cooled cluster supercomputer. The HPC² is a coalition of member centers and groups that share a common core objective of advancing the state of the art in computational science and engineering Read more…

Swiss Hybrid Petaflopper Opens for Research

Mar 24, 2014 |

During the 2013 NVIDIA GPU Technology conference, the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) revealed that its Cray XC30 “Piz Daint” supercomputer was on track to becoming Europe’s fastest GPU-accelerated number-cruncher, and the first Cray machine to be equipped with Intel Xeon processors and NVIDA GPUs. Now, one year later, the revved-up Piz Daint is officially Read more…

Cray Goes Back to the Future for Weather Forecasting

Feb 16, 2014 |

Weather forecasting has come a long way since June of 1977, when the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) first contracted Cray to deliver one of its early Cray-1A systems across the pond. This was the first time a Cray found its way to the old country—an installation that set the stage for Read more…

Immersion Cooling Floated as Green Energy Solution

Feb 14, 2014 |

At the same time as Moore’s Law progress is slowing down, the demand for processing data is at an all-time high. A full 90 percent of all the data in the world was created in the last two years, and datacenters are responsible for 2 percent of overall US electrical usage. Keeping all those warehouse-scale Read more…

Advancing Applications Toward Exascale Target

Feb 11, 2014 |

Exascale computers will employ tens of thousands of many-core nodes, leaving programmers with the challenging task of developing applications that can leverage tens of millions of threads. Over at the Cray blog, Dr. Jason Beech-Brandt, Manager Exascale Research for Cray Europe, writes about how the supercomputer maker is helping lay the groundwork for exascale applications Read more…