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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…

SC13 in Review: The Week’s Top Newsmakers

Nov 28, 2013 |

This year at SC13 we counted over 100 HPC-specific announcements that hit the wires over the course of the week, many of which were from vendors, organizations and users that we were within a short walk across the show floor in Denver. We wanted to point to some of the key newsmakers during the show, Read more…

Cray Cluster Connect (C3) Lustre Storage for Linux

Nov 25, 2013 |

Cray’s expert storage solutions are now available for popular x86 Linux clusters.  Cray Cluster Connect (C3) offers a complete Lustre storage solution for x86 Linux. C3 brings Supercomputing-class scalability to data- and I/O-hungry Linux clusters. Cray’s approach to I/O optimization builds on holistic system expertise developed across the entire I/O stack, from applications down to Read more…

OpenACC Broadens Appeal with GCC Compiler Support

Nov 14, 2013 |

As the non-profit standards group behind the push for wider adoption via easier use of accelerators, OpenACC has quite a big job ahead. Although analysts agree that accelerators sit along a comfortable adoption curve, usability, programmability and portability are key concerns, among others. Over the last couple of years, OpenACC has worked with user groups Read more…