Profile: Cray Inc (CRAY.O)
24 May 2019
Cray Inc., incorporated on December 7, 1987, is engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing the high performance computing (HPC) market, primarily categories of systems known as supercomputers. The Company provides data analytics, artificial intelligence and storage solutions. The Company's segments include Supercomputing, Storage and Data Management, Maintenance and Support, and Engineering Services and Other. The Supercomputing segment includes a suite of supercomputer systems, which are used by research and engineering centers in universities, government laboratories and commercial institutions. The Storage and Data Management segment includes Cray Data Warp and Sonexion, as well as other third-party storage products and their ongoing maintenance and system analysts. The Maintenance and Support segment provides ongoing maintenance of Cray supercomputers, big data storage and analytics systems, as well as system analysts. The Engineering Services and Other segment includes the Company's analytics business and Custom Engineering.
The Company also provides software, system maintenance, support services and engineering services related to supercomputer systems, and its data analytics, artificial intelligence and storage solutions. The Company's customers include domestic and foreign government, government-funded entities, academic institutions and commercial entities. The Company provides customer-focused solutions based on three models, which include integrated supercomputing and storage solutions; differentiated cluster supercomputing and storage solutions, and integrated solutions that combine industry tools for large-scale analytics and artificial intelligence applications, as well as graph analysis tools and specialized computing platforms.
The Company builds product solutions for its customers in two markets: the supercomputing portion of HPC; and big data, including data analytics and storage. The Company's supercomputing products address the computing resource challenges. Its systems utilize components and technologies designed to support the requirements of the HPC users. Its XC series supercomputers include XC40 and XC50. Its CS series of supercomputer cluster solutions include CS400 and CS-Storm. The Cray XC series supercomputer is an integrated supercomputing system that utilizes the Cray Linux Environment. The Cray XC40-AC supercomputer, an air-cooled cabinet option, offers customers the full Cray XC series experience in an enterprise optimized footprint and scale. The Cray CS400 cluster supercomputing system offers an air-cooled architecture that includes flexible configuration options for a range of data center cooling architecture requirements through the use of air or chilled cooling rear door heat exchangers. The CS-Storm supercomputer is a purpose-built solution that employs graphics processor units (GPUs).
The Company's Cray Analytics Products apply supercomputing technologies to solve the challenging data analytics use-cases. Its Urika-GX is the agile analytics platform architected for production-class big data analytics workloads. Urika-GX enables users to consolidate multiple computing workloads ranging from data integration, machine learning, interactive data exploration, visualization and iterative algorithms, among others onto a single analytics platform.
The Cray Storage and Data Management Products include integrated data storage and data management solutions designed for supercomputing and big data workloads. Its customers are able to deploy file systems that integrate with computing solutions ranging from third-party clusters and Cray cluster supercomputers to integrated supercomputers. Its storage product line, the Cray Sonexion, embeds the Lustre parallel file system and other software in an optimal configuration to reduce deployment time. Cray Sonexion Storage Systems offers an optimal combination of modular scaling capacity from terabytes to petabytes and input/output (I/O) performance from several gigabytes per second to over one terabyte per second in a single file system. Its DataWarp technology provides a tier of storage featuring solid state drive (SSD) and in-memory flash that is integrated with Cray XC series supercomputing resources.
The Company's hardware research and development investments include in areas, such as Compute and storage architectures, high-speed interconnect, and board integration and design, which integrates a range of processor, volatile and nonvolatile memory hierarchies and network devices using a combination of custom printed circuit boards, high-density connectors, chosen transmission and storage media and optimized topologies, and Power, packaging and cooling, which uses a range of dense packaging techniques that combines custom-designed technologies in the areas of printed circuit board assemblies, power distribution and liquid and air cooling. Its software research and development activities include operating system optimizations and scalable hardware control, monitoring and management, including power control, monitoring of environmental data, and hardware diagnostics.
The Company subcontracts the manufacture of the hardware sub-assemblies and certain components for its products and custom-engineered systems, including integrated circuits, printed circuit boards, connectors, cables and power supplies, on a sole or limited source basis to third-party suppliers. It uses contract manufacturers to assemble certain components. The Company focuses on various markets, such as scientific research, national security, defense, earth sciences, energy, financial services, life sciences and manufacturing.
The Company competes with Intel, NVIDIA Corporation, AMD, IBM, Hitachi, NEC, Fujitsu, Lenovo, HPE, Dell, Atos, Teradata, Oracle, SAP, Data Direct Networks, ARM and NetApp.
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- Hewlett Packard Enterprise to buy supercomputer maker Cray in $1.30 billion deal
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