High Performance Computing Supercomputer (HPCS) outfit Cray is one of those special companies.
The firm actually has a HISTORY button at the foot of its web pages as opposed to an ABOUT US link.
Seymour Cray, the ‘father of supercomputing’
Cray Inc. builds upon a history that extends back to 1972, when the legendary Seymour Cray, the ‘father of supercomputing’ (as he is known by some) founded Cray Research all the way back in 1972.
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Today the firm is moving into data analytics (isn’t everyone?) by producing a set of new high-end systems running open source software.
Urika-GX ships with OpenStack and Apache Mesos preinstalled for cloud and datacenter abstraction.
It also packs Spark and Hadoop for big analytics.
Pre-configured & pre-tested with Hortonworks
The Cray machines are also pre-configured and pre-tested with the Hortonworks’ Data Platform.
The system includes enterprise tools, such as OpenStack for management and Apache Mesos for dynamic configuration.
“The Urika-GX is a dynamic analytics solution that brings out the best of Cray’s decades of expertise in providing our customers with world-class systems for data-intensive computing,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray.
Ungaro explains that customers have asked the firm to blend the features of its own product lines into a single platform for data analytics.
“We took the Aries system interconnect from our supercomputers, the industry-standard architecture of our clusters, the scalable graph engine from the Urika-GD appliance and the pre-integrated, open infrastructure of our Urika-XA system and combined them into one agile analytics platform,” he said.
Cray has also built its own graph engine software, the Urika-GD Graph Discovery appliance.
The firm says that Cray Graph Engine on the Urika-GX system, originally developed for the Cray Urika-GD Graph Discovery appliance, is typically ten to 100 times faster than current graph solutions for complex analytics operations.