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Supercomputing Company Cray Launches Agile Analytics Platform

Cray has launched an agile analytics platform, the Urika-GX system, that combines supercomputing technologies with a software framework for big data analytics.

The Urika-GX system is pre-tested and pre-integrated with the Hortonworks Data Platform providing Hadoop and Apache Spark, as well as the Cray Graph Engine. The system also includes enterprise tools, such as OpenStack for management and Apache Mesos for dynamic configuration.

The Cray Urika-GX system features Intel Xeon Broadwell cores, 22 terabytes of memory, 35 terabytes of local SSD storage capacity, and the Aries supercomputing interconnect. Three initial enterprise-accessible configurations featuring 16, 32, or 48 nodes delivered in an industry standard 42U 19-inch rack will be available in Q3 2016, and larger configurations will be available in the second half of 2016.

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a non-profit research institute aimed at advancing the understanding and treatment of disease, is currently using the Cray Urika-GX system for analyzing high-throughput genome sequencing data.

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