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Video: Argonne’s Theta Supercomputer Architecture

Scott Parker gave this talk at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. “Designed in collaboration with Intel and Cray, Theta is a 9.65-petaflops system based on the second-generation Intel Xeon Phi processor and Cray’s high-performance computing software stack. Capable of nearly 10 quadrillion calculations per second, Theta will enable researchers to break new ground in scientific investigations that range from modeling the inner workings of the brain to developing new materials for renewable energy applications.”

A Perspective on HPC-enabled AI

Tim Barr from Cray gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. “Cray’s unique history in supercomputing and analytics has given us front-line experience in pushing the limits of CPU and GPU integration, network scale, tuning for analytics, and optimizing for both model and data parallelization. Particularly important to machine learning is our holistic approach to parallelism and performance, which includes extremely scalable compute, storage and analytics.”

With Exascale Looming, this is an Exciting Time for Computational Science

In this video from the 2017 CGSF Review Meeting, Barbara Helland from the Department of Energy presents: With Exascale Looming, this is an Exciting Time for Computational Science. “Helland was also a presenter this week at the ASCR Advisory Committee Meeting, where she disclosed that the Aurora 21 Supercomputer coming to Argonne in 2021 will indeed be an exascale machine.”

Cray Assimilates ClusterStor from Seagate

Today Cray announced it has completed the previously announced transaction and strategic partnership with Seagate centered around the addition of the ClusterStor high-performance storage business. “As a pioneer in providing large-scale storage systems for supercomputers, it’s fitting that Cray will take over the ClusterStor line.”

KISTI in South Korea orders up a Cray CS500 Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has awarded the Company a contract valued at more than $48 million for a Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer. The 128-rack system, which includes Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Xeon Phi processors, will be the largest supercomputer in South Korea and will provide supercomputing services for universities, research institutes, and industries. “Our supercomputing division is focused on maximizing research performance while significantly reducing research duration and costs by building a top-notch supercomputing infrastructure,” said Pillwoo Lee, General Director, KISTI. “Cray’s proficiency in designing large and complex high-performance computing systems ensures our researchers can now apply highly-advanced HPC cluster technologies towards resolving scientific problems using the power of Cray supercomputers.”

Yokohama City University Installs Cray XC50-AC Supercomputer for Life Sciences

Today Cray announced that the Yokohama City University in Japan has put a Cray XC50-AC supercomputer into production. Located in the University’s Advanced Medical Research Center, the new Cray supercomputer will power computational drug-discovery research used in the design of new medicines. The University will also use its Cray system to conduct atomic-level molecular simulations of proteins, nucleic acids, and other complexes.

JAIST in Japan installs Cray XC40 Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST) has put a Cray XC40 supercomputer into production. The Cray XC40 supercomputers incorporate the Aries high performance network interconnect for low latency and scalable global bandwidth, as well as the latest Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi processors, and NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators. “Our new Cray XC40 supercomputer will support our mission of becoming a premier center of excellence in education and research.”

Mapping the Brain with the Theta Supercomputer

Researchers are using the Theta supercomputer at Argonne to map the intricate layout of brain neurons. “The basic goal is simple — would like to be able to image all of the neurons in the brain — but the datasets from X-rays and electron microscopes are extremely large,” said Doga Gursoy, assistant computational scientist in the X-Ray Science Division of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source. They are at the tera- and petabyte scales. So we would like to use Theta to build the software and codebase infrastructure in order to analyze that data.”

Vanguard Infrastructures Teams with Cray for Cybersecurity

Today announced that the Company has signed a solutions provider agreement with Vanguard Infrastructures in order for Vanguard to develop, market, and sell on premise and cloud-as-a-service cybersecurity solutions that fuse supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for big data analytics. Vanguard has also purchased a Cray Urika-GX system.

Agenda Posted for LAD’17 in Paris

The LAD’17 conference has posted their meeting agenda. Also known as the Lustre Administrator and Developer Workshop, the event takes place Oct. 4-5 in Paris. “EOFS and OpenSFS are organizing the seventh european lustre workshop. This will be a great opportunity for Lustre worldwide administrators and developers to gather and exchange their experiences, developments, tools, good practices and more.”