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Cray Advances Hadoop for HPC

Feb 4, 2014 |

In a recent blog entry, Mike Boros, Hadoop Product Marketing Manager at Cray, Inc., writes about the company’s positioning of Hadoop for scientific big data. Like the old adage, “when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail,” Boros suggests that the Law of the Instrument may be true Read more…

Cray Captures $43 Million in Military Contracts

Feb 3, 2014 |

Despite what the weather reports indicate, it’s been a sunny day in Seattle… The U.S Department of Defense has just revealed eight new major contracts for a diverse range of agencies, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Defense Logistics Agency. All told, the DoD laid down word on over $212 million in new investments. Read more…

‘Edison’ Lights Up Research at NERSC

Jan 31, 2014 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has taken acceptance of “Edison,” a Cray XC30 supercomputer named in honor of famed American inventor Thomas Alva Edison. The important milestone occurs just as NERSC is commemorating 40 years of scientific advances, prompting NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh to comment: “As Read more…

Hobbyists Recreate Lost Cray Supercomputer

Jan 17, 2014 |

Nearly four decades ago, the pioneering computer architect Seymour Cray created one of the most successful and iconic supercomputers ever made, the Cray-1. This 5.5-ton C-shaped tower was a popular sight in laboratories since its release in 1976 throughout the 1980s, but eventually advances in supercomputing gave way to more powerful number crunchers. While all Read more…

Crash Testing at Scale

Jan 14, 2014 |

Over on Cray’s blog site, the company’s manufacturing segment manager, Greg Clifford, writes about the performance of explicit structural applications at scale as a follow-up post to a blog on extreme scaling in CAE applications,” which shows such applications successfully scaling to over 10,000 cores. The new entry is concerned with the scaling performance of Read more…

Window in Time Opens to CERN’s Supercomputing History

Jan 14, 2014 |

Yesterday, we brought you a story about the iconic CDC 6500 supercomputer, which is currently undergoing restoration at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle. The CDC 6500 system, built by Control Data Corporation in 1967, was part of the CDC 6000 line, designed by Seymour Cray in the 1960s. The most famous of these was Read more…

Museum to Resurrect First-Gen Supercomputer

Jan 13, 2014 |

The Living Computer Museum in downtown Seattle recently welcomed a supercomputing classic to its collection. Arriving at the museum in three separate bays, tipping the scales at 4,000 lbs each, was a blast from supercomputing’s past: the CDC 6500 system, a first-generation supercomputer built by Control Data Corporation in 1967. The CDC 6000 series machines Read more…

GPUs Speed Early Science Apps

Jan 6, 2014 |

Researchers working with the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s (OLCF’s) Titan supercomputer are making the most of the system’s hybrid design, which pairs traditional CPUs with highly-parallel GPUs. As the fastest computer in the United States, Titan has a max theoretical speed of 27 petaflops, but as a recent OLCF article points out, “Titan is Read more…

Supercomputing Fundamental to SKA Project

Dec 12, 2013 |

First proposed in 1991, the Square-Kilometer Array (SKA) project seeks to build and operate the largest radio telescope in the world to peer into the deepest recesses of the cosmos. Instead of seeing light waves, the SKA telescope will turn radio waves into images. The array will be 50 times more sensitive than any other Read more…

HPC Progress Starting from 10X

Dec 4, 2013 |

I was fortunate to have worked very closely with Seymour Cray for many years in many different roles and capacities. I started working with Seymour and Seymour’s machines at Control Data Corp. I was the Account Manager at Lawrence Livermore National Lab when Sid Fernbach was the “leader” and then the Account Manager at DOE. Read more…