Microsoft brings Cray’s supercomputing capabilities to Azure

In partnership with Cray, a global supercomputer leader, Microsoft is bringing the power of supercomputing to new markets and new customers. As part of this partnership, Microsoft and Cray will offer dedicated Cray supercomputing systems in Azure datacenters that will allow enterprise customers to run AI, advanced analytics, and modeling and simulation workloads. This will allow developers and researchers to care more about solving the actual problems instead of maintaining an on-premise Cray supercomputer system. Microsoft highlighted that genome sequencing,  crash simulation, computational fluid dynamic simulations, oil field analysis and many other complex compute tasks can now be performed in days and minutes instead of weeks and months.

The Cray XC  and Cray CS supercomputers with attached Cray ClusterStor storage systems will be available for customer-specific provisioning in select Microsoft Azure datacenters, directly connected to the Microsoft Azure network. The Cray systems easily integrate with Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Data Lake storage, the Microsoft AI platform, and Azure Machine Learning services. Customers can also leverage the Cray Urika-XC analytics software suite and CycleCloud for hybrid HPC management.

“Our partnership with Microsoft will introduce Cray supercomputers to a whole new class of customers that need the most advanced computing resources to expand their problem-solving capabilities, but want this new capability available to them in the cloud,” said Peter Ungaro, CEO of Cray. “Dedicated Cray supercomputers in Azure not only give customers all of the breadth of features and services from the leader in enterprise cloud, but also the advantages of running a wide array of workloads on a true supercomputer, the ability to scale applications to unprecedented levels, and the performance and capabilities previously only found in the largest on-premise supercomputing centers. The Cray and Microsoft partnership is expanding the accessibility of Cray supercomputers and gives customers the cloud-based supercomputing capabilities they need to increase their competitive advantage.”

“Using the enterprise-proven power of Microsoft Azure, customers are running their most strategic workloads in our cloud,” said Jason Zander, CVP, Microsoft Azure. “By working with Cray to provide dedicated supercomputers in Azure, we are offering customers uncompromising performance and scalability that enables a host of new previously unimaginable scenarios in the public cloud. More importantly, we’re moving customers into a new era by empowering them to use HPC and AI to drive breakthrough advances in science, engineering and health.”

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