Every Enter­pri­se Can Har­ness the Per­for­mance and Sca­la­bi­li­ty of Cray Super­com­pu­ting with the Sim­pli­ci­ty and Ease of Cloud Com­pu­ting
SEATTLE, Aug. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Glo­bal super­com­pu­ter lea­der Cray Inc.(NASDAQ:CRAY) today announ­ced an ent­i­re­ly 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. In a sepa­ra­te press release issued today, the Depart­ment of Ener­gy (DOE), Natio­nal Nuclear Secu­ri­ty Admi­nis­tra­ti­on (NNSA) and Law­rence Liver­mo­re Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry (LLNL) announ­ced that Cray has been awar­ded a third U.S. exas­ca­le sys­tem con­tract. The sys­tem, dub­bed “El Capi­tan,” will be sited at LLNL. Cray now has $1.5 bil­li­on in busi­ness for Shas­ta™ super­com­pu­ting sys­tems and the new soft­ware plat­form.

The Shas­ta soft­ware used with the El Capi­tan sys­tem expands tra­di­tio­nal super­com­pu­ting to sup­port the com­plex work­flows and nume­rous 3D stu­dies necessa­ry to unlock the full poten­ti­al of exas­ca­le com­pu­ting,” said Bill Gold­stein, lab direc­tor at LLNL. “The fle­xi­bi­li­ty and exten­si­bi­li­ty of El Capitan’s soft­ware and hard­ware envi­ron­ment will enab­le the NNSA labo­ra­to­ries to explo­re and deve­lop capa­bi­li­ties that leverage the com­bi­na­ti­on of AI and machi­ne lear­ning with mode­ling and simu­la­ti­on to acce­le­ra­te time-to-solu­ti­on for our natio­nal secu­ri­ty codes. The­se tech­no­lo­gies could app­ly equal­ly well to mul­ti-phy­sics codes employ­ed out­si­de of the natio­nal secu­ri­ty domain.”

Cray has a rich histo­ry of deve­lo­ping the most per­for­mant, scala­b­le and reli­able soft­ware in super­com­pu­ting. This is vali­da­ted by the vast majo­ri­ty of glo­bal wea­ther cen­ters that rely on Cray to deli­ver time cri­ti­cal nume­ri­cal wea­ther fore­casts. The­se wea­ther cen­ters are at the fore­front of the con­ver­gence of HPC, AI and IoT workloads that ope­ra­te at immense sca­le.

Cray’s new soft­ware plat­form impro­ves per­for­mance and relia­bi­li­ty by inclu­ding new key capa­bi­li­ties:

  • Extends tra­di­tio­nal HPC batch work­flow sche­du­ling for mode­ling and simu­la­ti­on with new Kuber­ne­tes con­tai­ner orches­tra­ti­on to enab­le con­ver­ged HPC and AI work­flows.
  • Adds sup­port for mul­ti-ten­an­cy bet­ween HPC and AI par­ti­ti­ons and sub-par­ti­tio­ning wit­hin AI jobs to enab­le work­flow iso­la­ti­on.
  • Pro­vi­des high­ly resi­li­ent con­tai­ne­ri­zed ser­vices with sepa­ra­te com­pu­te and manage­ment pla­nes to mini­mi­ze plan­ned and unplan­ned down­ti­me.
  • Crea­tes an open super­com­pu­ting plat­form by inclu­ding stan­dar­di­zed and sup­por­ted APIs for inte­gra­ti­on, data access and soft­ware eco­sys­tem exten­si­bi­li­ty and inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty.
  • Deli­vers a new and ful­ly inte­gra­ted tele­me­try for the sys­tem as well as user app­li­ca­ti­on level moni­to­ring to quick­ly cor­re­la­te and reme­dia­te issu­es.

As we enter the exas­ca­le era, modern app­li­ca­ti­ons are crea­ting the need for app­ly­ing super­com­pu­ting capa­bi­li­ty to a new class of digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on pro­blems. What is the domain of a few natio­nal labo­ra­to­ries today is fast beco­m­ing a neces­si­ty for every enter­pri­se,” said Peter Unga­ro, pre­si­dent and CEO, Cray, Inc. “With our new soft­ware plat­form, Cray is deli­vering a ful­ly fea­tured, exten­si­ble soft­ware and tools envi­ron­ment that per­forms like a super­com­pu­ter and runs like a cloud. The same Cray tech­no­lo­gy that powers exas­ca­le sys­tems can be deli­ve­r­ed in a sin­gle, low-cost rack and rea­dy to inte­gra­te into any data cen­ter envi­ron­ment.” 

With this next genera­ti­on super­com­pu­ting soft­ware plat­form, Cray has addres­sed key requi­re­ments:

  • App­li­ca­ti­on deve­lop­ment and por­ta­bi­li­ty: Deve­lo­pers can easi­ly com­po­se con­ver­ged mode­ling, simu­la­ti­on, ana­ly­tics and AI work­flows using modern micro­ser­vices and a robust sui­te of tools and com­pi­lers that sup­port a broad spec­trum of pro­ces­sors and acce­le­ra­tors. App­li­ca­ti­ons can easi­ly move from lap­top to super­com­pu­ter for maxi­mum sca­la­bi­li­ty of code with mini­mal refac­to­ring.
  • Manage­ment and moni­to­ring: IT admi­nis­tra­tors employ a uni­fied sys­tems manage­ment and tele­me­try frame­work to ensu­re pro­duc­tion relia­bi­li­ty for job exe­cu­ti­on and sup­port high sys­tem avai­la­bi­li­ty.
  • Inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty: IT mana­gers and admi­nis­tra­tors can deploy Cray tech­no­lo­gy with the assuran­ce that both cur­rent and future requi­re­ments are cove­r­ed with broad data cen­ter sys­tems and soft­ware inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty with the addi­ti­on of docu­men­ted APIs for auto­ma­ti­on and data access, and sup­port for indus­try stan­dard pro­to­cols.
  • Invest­ment pro­tec­tion: CXOs and busi­ness owners bene­fit from a mul­ti-user and mul­tipur­po­se plat­form with sup­port for hete­ro­ge­ne­ous pro­ces­sor archi­tec­tures (x86, AMD, ARMNVIDIA, FPGAs and other acce­le­ra­tors) and the sca­la­bi­li­ty to meet their rapidly gro­wing ana­ly­tics and AI initia­ti­ves.

Shas­ta is desi­gned to sup­port extre­me­ly hete­ro­ge­ne­ous workloads not just from sci­ence and engi­nee­ring, but also from the gro­wing con­tin­gent of enter­pri­ses that acqui­re super­com­pu­ters to out­com­pe­te their rivals in the new era of digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on and AI,” said Ste­ve Con­way, COO and seni­or vice pre­si­dent of rese­arch at Hype­ri­on Rese­arch. “Cray Shas­ta super­com­pu­ters aim to move lea­ding enter­pri­ses bey­ond pro­of-of-con­cept to pro­duc­tion, and to ope­ra­te on pre­mi­ses or in the cloud. By inte­gra­ting extre­me­ly hete­ro­ge­ne­ous requi­re­ments into the new Shas­ta sys­tem hard­ware and soft­ware, Cray has sub­stan­ti­al­ly expan­ded its address­able mar­ket to inclu­de enter­pri­se ana­ly­tics, AI and cloud com­pu­ting.”

Cray’s new soft­ware plat­form will be avail­ab­le star­ting Q4 of 2019.  For more infor­ma­ti­on, plea­se con­tact your aut­ho­ri­zed Cray sales rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ve or

Sup­por­ting Quo­tes
“The Depart­ment of Ener­gy is the world lea­der in super­com­pu­ting and El Capi­tan is a cri­ti­cal addi­ti­on to our next genera­ti­on sys­tems,” said U.S. Ener­gy Secreta­ry Rick Per­ry. “El Capitan’s advan­ced capa­bi­li­ties for mode­ling, simu­la­ti­on and arti­fi­ci­al intel­li­gence will help push America’s com­pe­ti­ti­ve edge in ener­gy and natio­nal secu­ri­ty, allow us to ask tougher ques­ti­ons, sol­ve grea­ter chal­len­ges and deve­lop bet­ter solu­ti­ons for genera­ti­ons to come.”

NNSA is moder­ni­zing the Nuclear Secu­ri­ty Enter­pri­se to face 21st cen­tu­ry thre­ats,” said Lisa E. Gor­don-Hager­ty, DOE Under Secreta­ry for Nuclear Secu­ri­ty and NNSA Admi­nis­tra­tor. “El Capi­tan will allow us to be more respon­si­ve, inno­va­ti­ve and for­ward-thin­king when it comes to main­tai­ning a nuclear deter­rent that is second to none in a rapidly-evol­ving thre­at envi­ron­ment.”

About Cray Inc.

Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) com­bi­nes com­pu­ta­ti­on and crea­ti­vi­ty so visio­na­ries can keep asking ques­ti­ons that chal­len­ge the limits of pos­si­bi­li­ty. Drawing on more than 45 years of expe­ri­ence, Cray deve­lops the world’s most advan­ced super­com­pu­ters, pushing the bounda­ries of per­for­mance, effi­ci­en­cy and sca­la­bi­li­ty. Cray con­ti­nues to inno­va­te today at the con­ver­gence of data and dis­co­very, offe­ring a com­pre­hen­si­ve port­fo­lio of super­com­pu­ters, high-per­for­mance sto­rage, data ana­ly­tics and arti­fi­ci­al intel­li­gence solu­ti­ons.  Go to for more infor­ma­ti­on.

Safe Har­bor State­ment

This press release con­tains for­ward-loo­king state­ments wit­hin the mea­ning of Sec­tion 21E of the Secu­ri­ties Exchan­ge Act of 1934 and Sec­tion 27A of the Secu­ri­ties Act of 1933, inclu­ding, but not limi­ted to, state­ments rela­ted to Cray’s pro­duct deve­lop­ment, sales, and deli­very plans. The­se state­ments invol­ve cur­rent expec­ta­ti­ons, fore­casts of future events, and other state­ments that are not his­to­ri­cal fac­ts. Inac­cu­ra­te assump­ti­ons and esti­ma­tes as well as known and unknown risks and uncer­tain­ties can affect the accu­ra­cy of for­ward-loo­king state­ments and cau­se actu­al results to dif­fer mate­ri­al­ly from tho­se anti­ci­pa­ted by the­se for­ward-loo­king state­ments. Fac­tors that could affect actu­al future events or results inclu­de, but are not limi­ted to, the risk that Cray is not able to suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­te its plan­ned pro­duct deve­lop­ment efforts or to ship Shas­ta sys­tems wit­hin the plan­ned time­frame or at all, the risk that Shas­ta sys­tems will not have the fea­tures, per­for­mance or com­pon­ents cur­r­ent­ly plan­ned, the risk that pro­ces­sors plan­ned for Cray Shas­ta sys­tems or cur­rent Cray sys­tems are not avail­ab­le when expec­ted or with the per­for­mance or pri­cing expec­ted, the risk that the sys­tems orde­red by custo­mers are not deli­ve­r­ed when expec­ted, do not per­form as expec­ted once deli­ve­r­ed, or have tech­ni­cal issu­es that must be cor­rec­ted befo­re accep­tan­ce, the risk that the accep­tan­ce pro­cess for deli­ve­r­ed sys­tems is not com­ple­ted, or custo­mer accep­tan­ces are not recei­ved, when expec­ted or at all, the risk that Cray is not able to suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­te the modi­fi­ca­ti­ons to its sub­con­tract with Intel for deli­very of the sys­tem to Argon­ne when expec­ted or at all, the risk that government fun­ding to Cray for rese­arch and deve­lop­ment pro­jec­ts is less than expec­ted and such other risks as iden­ti­fied in Cray’s Quar­ter­ly Report on Form 10‑Q for the three mon­ths ended June 30, 2019, in the Cur­rent Report on Form 8‑K describ­ing the Oak Ridge Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry award filed May 7, 2019, in the Cur­rent Report on Form 8‑K describ­ing the Law­rence Liver­mo­re Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry award filed today and from time to time in other reports filed by Cray with the SEC. You should not rely undu­ly on the­se for­ward-loo­king state­ments, which app­ly only as of the date of this release. Cray under­ta­kes no duty to publicly announ­ce or report revi­si­ons to the­se state­ments as new infor­ma­ti­on beco­mes avail­ab­le that may chan­ge Cray’s expec­ta­ti­ons.

CRAY and Shas­ta are regis­te­red trade­marks of Cray Inc. in the United Sta­tes and other coun­tries. Other pro­duct and ser­vice names men­tio­ned her­ein are the trade­marks of their respec­tive owners.