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Cray CS400 Supercomputer Coming to Baylor University

universityprofilesbaylorbearsToday Cray announced that Baylor University has selected a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer, further demonstrating its commitment to transformative research. The Cray system will serve as the primary high performance computing platform for Baylor researchers and will be supported by the Academic and Research Computing Services group (ARCS) of the Baylor University Libraries.

The Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer will replace Baylor’s current HPC system, enhancing and expanding its capacity for computational research projects. Among other research initiatives, Baylor serves as a Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Tier 3 site for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. Baylor scientists analyze data gathered by the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, in partnership with others around the globe as part of ongoing research into subatomic particles.

“The Baylor Libraries support the research mission of the university by providing critical academic resources. We are proud to partner with an industry leader like Cray to bring this new supercomputer to our campus. The system will empower faculty and student researchers as they discover new insights and create innovations that meet the significant challenges that confront our world,” said Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology and dean of university libraries.

The Cray CS400 cluster supercomputers are scalable, flexible systems built from industry-standard technologies into a unified, fully-integrated system. Available with air- or liquid-cooled configurations, Cray CS400 systems provide superior price/performance, energy efficiency and configuration flexibility. The Cray CS400 systems are integrated with Cray’s HPC software stack and include software tools compatible with most open source and commercial compilers, schedulers, and libraries.

From companies at the top of the Fortune 500 list to local research consortiums, a wide array of organizations continues to recognize the capabilities Cray supercomputers can have in solving their research, design, or business analytics needs at any scale,” said Fred Kohout, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “We are honored that Baylor University has selected a Cray CS400 system for its scientific computing platform. The University’s research community will have a powerful tool for conducting data intensive research across a broad spectrum of scientific fields.”

The three-cabinet Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer is expected to be delivered to Baylor University in 2016.

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