Hewlett Packard Enterprise Has Bought Cray and Will Push to ExaFLOP Supercomputers

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has bought Cray Supercomputers.

Cray Research was started in 1972 by the legendary supercomputer expert Seymour Cray.

HPE and Cray want to lead in the Exascale era. The promise of Exascale is more than a single gigantic supercomputer or a performance milestone. It is the ability to take advantage of the explosion of disparate data with increasingly complex modeling, simulation, analytics and artificial intelligence to drive new discovery, innovation and insights. This combination of data and compute-intensive workloads operating at extreme scale, and often in real-time, exceeds the capabilities of today’s datacenter infrastructure. Exascale computing systems and technologies will allow scientists and engineers to overcome these barriers and produce the world’s next breakthroughs.

Cray began developing our Shasta supercomputer and Slingshot interconnect several years ago. The Shasta supercomputing architecture is an entirely new design, built from the ground up to address the needs of the Exascale era. It enables a diversity of processor technologies, supports converged, heterogeneous workloads, eliminates the distinction between supercomputers and clusters, and fuses the performance and scale of a supercomputer with the productivity of the cloud. Slingshot is different than any interconnect Cray, or anyone else, has ever built. In addition to high speed and low latency, Slingshot incorporates intelligent features that enable diverse workloads to run simultaneously across the system. It includes novel adaptive routing, quality-of-service and congestion management capabilities while providing full Ethernet compatibility. Shasta and Slingshot are the basis of three recent seminal wins at the U.S. Department of Energy, powering a pre-Exascale supercomputer as well as the first two Exascale systems in the United States. Shasta hasn’t even started shipping yet and is quickly approaching $1 billion in new wins.

Written by Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com