Cray Unveils Exascale Supercomputer for Running Complex Workloads

Today’s topics include Cray unveiling its first exascale supercomputer, Shasta, and LogRhythm advancing its NextGen SIEM security platform with security orchestration, automation and response features.

Cray officials have unveiled Shasta, the company’s first exascale-capable supercomputer. Shasta is aimed at simplifying computing for modern workloads that typically run on heterogeneous cluster systems, which Cray officials argue are becoming too complex.

With Shasta, users can choose the infrastructure that best fits their needs. They’re given the option of mixing and matching chip architectures in the same system with interconnects, like Intel’s Omni-Path and Mellanox’s InfiniBand offerings.

Another interconnect option will be Cray’s new Slingshot high-speed technology, which officials said will have up to five times the bandwidth per node of traditional interconnects and is designed for data-centric computing.

LogRhythm on Oct. 30 announced release 7.4 of its NextGen SIEM Platform, enhancing the Security Information and Event Management platform with advanced security orchestration, automation and response capabilities.

Among the new features in the LogRhythm update are case playbooks for organizing a workflow for security events, automated response actions, as well as Security Operations Center metrics. The update also integrates additional automated response auctions into the platform.

LogRhythm has a framework called Smart Response, which enables different plugins that can provide remediation and response actions. Plugins include threat intelligence lookups as well as remediation actions such as disabling accounts, quarantining endpoints and killing sessions. Metrics are also getting a boost, enabling organizations to measure the time to triage and qualify security alarms, as well as how much time it takes to investigate threats.