Cray Offers Large, Shared Memory Solutions to CS300 Portfolio
Cray is leveraging ScaleMP’s HPC virtualization software to create CS300 configurations to handle high-memory workloads.Supercomputer maker Cray is partnering with ScaleMP to create two new configurations of its CS300 compute cluster that will bring large memory and shared memory solutions to the portfolio. Cray will leverage ScaleMP's vSMP Foundation high-end virtualization technology in the new solutions—the CS300 LMS system and CS300 SMP—that will enable end users to take jobs that require high levels of memory and run them on virtual machines that can handle such workloads as complex modeling analysis and big data tasks. ScaleMP's software lets the applications view a number of x86 systems as a single virtual system, enabling organizations to leverage the virtual machines for the jobs rather than having to invest in traditional SMP hardware systems, according to Cray officials. The systems also eliminate the need for users to buy separate cluster management software or to update multiple operating systems and applications. The preconfigured CS300 systems "contain massive amounts of memory and large numbers of computer cores, and are also easy to deploy, manage and service," Daniel Kim, senior vice president and general manager of cluster solutions at Cray, said in a statement. "Researchers and engineers in a wide array of scientific domains with needs for large scale analytics and complex simulations can now take advantage of these very powerful systems."
Cray inherited the CS300 series of supercomputers in November 2012 when it bought rival Appro for $25 million. The systems come with an integrated high-performance computing (HPC) software stack and software tools that are compatible with most open-source and commercial compilers. Company executives have since been bolstering the capabilities of the offerings, such as when they announced in June that they were going to launch cluster supercomputers for Intel's Hadoop distribution, creating a turnkey infrastructure using Intel's Hadoop, a Linux operating system and Cray's Advanced Cluster Engine (ACE) management software.