Cray supercomputer at the UK Met Office (courtesy of the UK Met Office)
Cray supercomputer at the UK Met Office (courtesy of the UK Met Office)
The supercomputer Piz Daint» at CSCS in Lugano (courtesy of CSCS)
The supercomputer Piz Daint» at CSCS in Lugano (courtesy of CSCS)
Cray Shasta Supercomputer
Cray Shasta Supercomputer
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Cray Company Overview

A global leader in supercomputing with more than 45 years of experience, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of the world’s most advanced supercomputers, high-performance storage systems, and data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions delivering unrivaled performance, efficiency and scalability.

In October 2018 Cray announced Shasta’s exascale-class supercomputer built with a data-centric architecture to run concurrently the fastest and most diverse workloads, from modeling and simulation to AI and analytics. Hardware and software innovations tackle system bottlenecks in processing, data movement and I/O. Shasta allows for multiple processor and accelerator architectures and a choice of system interconnect technologies, including the new Cray-designed and developed interconnect call Slingshot.

Cray continues to expand its presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa thanks to its innovative systems and strong collaborations with leading institutes, Cray has steadily increased the number of employees working in Product R&D EMEA centres as well as the CERL Lab.

The “Piz Daint” system at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) is the top European system on the Top500 list, and #5 worldwide as of November 2018. 

Cray systems are online at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) in Bristol, the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the University of Edinburgh, Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), , the German National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst, the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and Germany’s Paderborn University. 

Other EMEA customers include the Great Western 4 (GW4) Universities consortium in the U.K, Met Office in the U.K., King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, PGS in Norway, Stalprodukt S.A. in Poland and the Danish Meteorological Institute. 




Cray is a member of the European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC) and of Teratec, the European technopole dedicated to high-performance simulation and computing. 

A new center of excellence in Arm-based supercomputing was developed alongside the GW4 procurement. This collaboration between CERL, Arm, GW4 and other technology providers ensures that the ecosystem for Arm supercomputing is ready for production research. 

The Cray EMEA Research Lab (CERL), established in 2015, performs research and development in strategic areas that strengthen Cray’s leadership in high-performance computing and data analytics, and which deepen Cray’s involvement in the scientific and technical communities of Europe. CERL is focused on collaborative R&D and codesign efforts. Current CERL projects include the Human Brain PCP (Juelich, Germany) and QPACE4 (Juelich and Regensburg, Germany) and most recently multi-million euro projects awarded by the EU’s research programme Horizon 2020: Maestro, EPiGRAM-HS and Sodalite.    

Cray CERL is also collaborating on various European initiatives with other organizations such as the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, the Alan Turing Institute in London and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre in Lugano, Switzerland.

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