Profile: Cray Inc (CRAY.OQ)
30 Sep 2016
Cray Inc., incorporated on December 7, 1987, designs, develops, manufactures, markets and services the high-end of the high performance computing (HPC) market, primarily categories of systems, known as supercomputers and provides storage and data analytics solutions. The Company provides software, system maintenance, support services and engineering services related to supercomputer systems. The Company's customers include foreign and domestic governments, government-funded entities, academic institutions and commercial entities. The Company's segments are Supercomputing, Storage and Data Management, Maintenance and Support, and Engineering Services and Other. Its products include Cray Supercomputing Systems, including Cray XC40-LC Supercomputer, Cray XC40-AC Supercomputer, Cray CS400-AC Supercomputer, Cray CS400-LC Supercomputer and Cray CS-Storm Supercomputer; Cray Analytics Products, including Cray Urika-GD Graph Discovery Appliance and Cray Urika-XA Extreme Analytics Platform, and Cray Storage and Data Management Products, including Cray Sonexion Storage Systems, Cray DataWarp Applications I/O Accelerator and Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS).
The Company's Supercomputing segment includes a suite of supercomputer systems, which are used by engineering centers in universities, government laboratories, and commercial institutions. The Company's Storage and Data Management offers the Cray Sonexion and Tiered Adaptive Storage solution, as well as other third-party storage products. The Company's Maintenance and Support provides ongoing maintenance of Cray supercomputers, big data storage and analytics systems, as well as system analysts. The Company's Engineering Services and Other segment includes the Company's analytics business and Custom Engineering. The Company provides approximately three models of customer-focused solutions, which include integrated supercomputing and storage solutions with tuned software; commodity-based cluster supercomputing and storage solutions to meet specific needs of the customers, and data analytics solutions that combine industry tools for large-scale analytics with its graph analysis tools. The Company's product solutions for its customers in two markets are the supercomputing portion of HPC and big data, which includes storage and data analytics.
The Company's supercomputing products span performance spectrum and address the computing resource challenges. The Company's systems utilize components and technologies designed to support the requirements of the demanding HPC users. The Company's XC40 supercomputers are designed to provide performance on various applications that require the highest levels of scaling, with substantial performance improvements over comparable commodity technologies. The Company's Cray XC40-LC supercomputer is a supercomputing system. The Company's Cray XC40-LC system provides the HPC user community with the computational resources of its supercomputers powered by the Intel Xeon E5 family of processors. Additionally, the Company's Cray XC family of supercomputers includes Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and NVIDIA graphics processor units (GPUs). The Company's Cray XC40-LC supercomputer utilizes the Cray Linux Environment.
The Company's Cray XC40-LC system includes its compiler, runtime and related software that allow users to leverage the underlying hardware components. The Company's Cray XC40-LC system supports various applications, such as Fortran and C++ applications, applications written in languages like Python and Scala, and applications written in Cray's Chapel parallel programming language designed to make parallel programming. The Company's Cray XC40-AC supercomputer offers customers the Cray XC40-LC experience in an enterprise optimized footprint and scale. The Company's Cray CS400-AC system integrates with the HPC Software Stack, software tools compatible with open source and commercial compilers, tools, schedulers and libraries to run applications.
The Company's Cray CS-storm supercomputer is a solution to employ Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) in a density architecture, which delivers industry performance, density and energy efficiency for data-parallel computations. The Company's Cray CS-Storm combines an architecture design that supports approximately eight GPUs per compute node, with the same software environment available on the CS400 products. The Company's market segments are finance, energy, government and higher education, which utilize GPU-accelerated applications that benefit from the CS-Storm architecture. The Company's analytics products apply supercomputing technologies to solve the data analytics use-cases. The Company's Cray Urika- Graph Discovery (GD) appliance addresses the problems in advanced analytics-interactive data discovery with graphs. The Company's Cray Urika- Extreme Analytics (XA) platform is for production-class data analytics workloads.
The Company's Cray storage and data management products include integrated data storage and data management solutions designed for supercomputing and data workloads. The Company's Cray Sonexion Storage Systems has a storage product line. The Company's Cray Sonexion embeds the parallel file system and other software in an optimal configuration. The Company's Cray Sonexion offers a combination of scaling capacity from terabytes to petabytes. The Company's Cray datawarp applications input/output (I/O) accelerator has datawarp technology, which addresses problems experienced by supercomputing customers. The Company's Cray tiered adaptive storage (TAS) is a storage and archiving solution that allows customers to move data among primary and archival tiers.
The Company competes with IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Dell, NEC, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Silicon Graphics International, Atos SE, Intel, AMD, SGI, Oracle, Teradata, SAP, Data Direct Networks, NetApp and Panasas.
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