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NERSC Unveils Mural for pending Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC has unveiled the mural that will grace the cabinets of the Perlmutter supercomputer that will be installed at Berkeley Lab in 2020. “The mural pays tribute to the system’s namesake, Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter. The Berkeley Lab physicist led the team whose work at NERSC contributed to the Nobel prize-winning insight that the universe’s expansion is speeding up. The resulting efforts to explain this acceleration led to today’s model of a universe dominated by dark energy and dark matter.”

HPE Completes Acquisition of Cray

Today HPE today announced it has completed the acquisition of supercomputing leader Cray Inc., earlier than the original target date. “Cray and HPE have a shared vision for the new exascale era, and by joining forces, we’re offering the promise of Cray’s technology to an expanded market with the opportunity to leverage HPE’s breadth, scale and innovation to bring supercomputing to the enterprise.”

Video: The Cray Shasta Architecture

In this video from the HPC User Forum at Argonne, Steve Scott from Cray presents: The Cray Shasta Architecture. The DOE has selected the Shasta architecture to power all three of their planned Exascale systems coming to Argonne, ORNL, and LLNL. “Shasta allows for multiple processor and accelerator architectures and a choice of system interconnect technologies, including our new Cray-designed and developed interconnect we call Slingshot.”

Video: Cray Steps up with 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors for HPC

In this video, from Forrest Norrod from AMD welcomes Peter Ungaro from Cray to discuss how 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors with drive new levels of performance for HPC. The AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processors are the first x86 server processors featuring 7nm hybrid-multi-die design and PCIe Gen4. With up to 64 high performance cores per SOC, 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors deliver world-record performance on industry benchmarks. They are available in the Cray CS500 cluster and Shasta supercomputers.”

Cray Shasta Software to Power Exascale Era

Today Cray a new, open and extensible software platform to address the growing need for supercomputing across government and private industries. As advanced simulation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation create new, data intensive workloads, the need for performance at scale is growing rapidly. Recognizing the challenges presented by the exascale era, Cray’s software fuses supercomputing performance and capability with the modularity, composability and ease-of-use of cloud computing.

Cray to Build El Capitan Exascale Supercomputer at LLNL

Today the Department of Energy announced that Cray will build the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, “El Capitan.” To be hosted at LLNL, El Capitan will have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops and an anticipated delivery in late 2022. El Capitan will be DOE’s third exascale-class supercomputer, following Argonne National Laboratory’s “Aurora” and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s “Frontier” system. All three DOE exascale supercomputers will be built by Cray utilizing their Shasta architecture, Slingshot interconnect and new software platform.

Cray Shasta Supercomputer to power weather forecasting for U.S. Air Force

Today Cray announced that their first Shasta supercomputing system for operational weather forecasting and meteorology will be acquired by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The powerful high-performance computing capabilities of the new system, named HPC11, will enable higher fidelity weather forecasts for U.S. Air Force and Army operations worldwide. The contract is valued at $25 million.

Cray to build Big Red 200 Supercomputer for Indiana University

Today Cray announced that Indiana University has selected a Cray Shasta supercomputing system to advance the use of AI across diverse research fields at the university. ” We’ve entered an age where AI is poised to transform the future of many industries–from healthcare to cybersecurity–and we’re confident the latest technology from Cray will meet our needs for a computing infrastructure that will build on the promise of AI in Indiana.”

HPE to Acquire Cray for $1.3 Billion

Today HPE announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cray for approximately $1.3 billion. “This pending deal will bring together HPE, the global HPC market leader, and Cray, whose Shasta architecture is under contract to power America’s two fastest supercomputers in 2021,” said Steve Conway from Hyperion Research. “The Cray addition will boost HPE’s ability to pursue high-end procurements and will speed the combined company’s development of next-generation technologies that will benefit HPC and AI-machine learning customers at all price points.”

Video: Cray Announces First Exascale System

In this video, Cray CEO Pete Ungaro announces Aurora – Argonne National Laboratory’s forthcoming supercomputer and the United States’ first exascale system. Ungaro offers some insight on the technology, what makes exascale performance possible, and why we’re going to need it. “It is an exciting testament to Shasta’s flexible design and unique system and software capabilities, along with our Slingshot interconnect, which will be the foundation for Argonne’s extreme-scale science endeavors and data-centric workloads. Shasta is designed for this transformative exascale era and the convergence of artificial intelligence, analytics and modeling and simulation– all at the same time on the same system — at incredible scale.”