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July 13, 2017

Alan Turing Institute turns to Cray for Urika moment

Supercomputer will be based at the University of Edinburgh and will support researchers using vast amounts of data.

By James Nunns

Cray is to provide a super computer system to the Alan Turing Institute.

The Cray Urika-GX system, which is being provided through a collaboration between Cray, Intel, and the Institute, will be hosted at the University of Edinburgh and will provide researchers at the Turing Institute with a dedicated analytics hardware platform.

The purpose of the Urika-GX supercomputer will be to assist in the development of advanced applications across a number of scientific fields such as engineering, technology, defence and security, smart cities, financial services, and life sciences.

“The Alan Turing Institute was created to advance the world-changing potential of data science,” said Sir Alan Wilson, CEO of the Alan Turing Institute. “Our researchers require powerful computing technology in order to enable their research, and the Cray

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system, based in the University of Edinburgh, one of our founding university partners, will be an important addition to the Turing’s data science toolkit. We look forward to opening it up to our community of researchers and enabling their innovation to thrive.”

The Cray Urika-GX being provided features a scalable analytics software environment that’s designed to support large-scale data science activity, in addition to the Crazy Graph Engine, support for the Apache Spark cluster engine and the Apache Hadoop software library.

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Underneath the analytics stack is a system that features the Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 product family, up to 22 terabytes of DRAM memory, and up to 176 terabytes of local Intel P3700 series SSD storage capacity.

“The Alan Turing Institute is quickly becoming a major force in the data sciences community worldwide, and we are thrilled the Cray Urika-GX system will support the Institute’s mission of advancing data science research to change the world for the better,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray.

“The rise of data-intensive computing – where big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and supercomputing converge – has opened up a new domain of real-world, complex analytics applications, and the Cray Urika-GX gives our customers a powerful platform for solving this new class of data-intensive problems.”

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