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Embry-Riddle University Deploys Cray CS Supercomputer for Aerospace

Today Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced it has deployed a Cray CS400 supercomputer. The four-cabinet system will power collaborative applied research with industry partners at the University’s new research facility – the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (“MicaPlex”) at Embry-Riddle Research Park.

As a powerful numerical research tool, our new Cray system is a wonderful complement to the new state-of-the-art wind tunnel and other experimental facilities at the MicaPlex,” said Dr. William Engblom, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and HPC Committee Chair. “High-performance computing capabilities are vitally important to the aerospace and aviation industries, and we are pleased that our students and faculty can now apply the power and performance of a Cray supercomputer to their research projects.”

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaches the science, practice, and business of aviation, aerospace, and engineering. The curriculum at Embry-Riddle covers the operation, engineering, research, manufacturing, marketing, and management of modern aircraft and the systems that support them. The University engages in extensive research in astronautics, space and atmospheric physics, space vehicles, commercial space operations, as well as unmanned and autonomous aerial, land, surface and underwater systems.

The University’s new Cray CS system, named “Vega”, which is the fifth brightest star in the sky and the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, is currently in production and will substantially enhance the University’s position to attract and conduct both applied and theoretical, externally funded research. Vega will play an important role in Embry-Riddle’s efforts to build new collaborations between the University and aerospace companies to develop, refine, and bring new products and technological services to market.

Embry-Riddle has a rich, respected history in the aviation and aerospace communities, and we are honored that a Cray supercomputer will support their commitment to pioneering research and educating the next-generation of industry professionals,” said Fred Kohout, Cray’s senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer. “Our Cray CS systems leverage our 40-plus years of designing and building world-class supercomputers, and we are pleased that industry-leading organizations like Embry-Riddle continue to recognize the impact Cray supercomputers can have in achieving breakthrough results.”

The Cray CS cluster supercomputers are industry-standards-based, highly customizable, and expressly designed to handle the most demanding range of simulation, research, analytics, and machine learning problems at scale. Cray CS systems provide flexible node configurations featuring the latest processor and interconnect technologies giving customers the ability to tailor a system to specific needs — from an all-purpose high-performance computing cluster to an accelerated system configured for shared memory, large memory, or accelerator-based tasks.

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