Cray supercomputing comes to Microsoft Azure to boost AI workloads in the cloud

October 23, 2017 Off By Hoofer
Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Conner Forrest

A new alliance between Cray and Microsoft will bring Cray’s supercomputing capabilities to Microsoft’s Azure cloud, in an effort to help businesses more easily scale workloads for artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, modeling, and more, according to a Monday press release.

The partnership will enable new capabilities for businesses in the cloud, but it will also help broaden the reach of Cray’s capabilities, the release said. Customers who may have previously been unable to access an on-premise Cray system will now have an option to engage its features in the cloud.

"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," Microsoft Azure corporate vice president Jason Zander said in the release. "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."


Specifically, the Cray XC and Cray CS with the attached Cray ClusterStor storage systems will be available for provisioning in Azure, the release said. These Cray systems can integrate with a few different Azure tools such as Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Data Lake storage, Azure Machine Learning services, and the Microsoft AI platform.

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