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Cray strengthen ties with European HPC ecosystem

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Cray has announced the creation of the Cray Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Research Lab, with the aim of fostering the development of deep technical collaborations with key customers and partners. In addition, the research lab will serve as the focal point for the company’s technical engagements with the European HPC ecosystem.

Based out of Cray’s EMEA headquarters in Bristol, England, the Cray EMEA Research Lab is focused on creating new partnerships with the region’s leading supercomputing centres. The research lab positions Cray to work with new and existing customers on various projects such as special research and development initiatives, the co-design of customer-specific technology solutions, and collaborative joint research projects with a wide array of organisations. The research lab will also be Cray’s main interface to European development programs, such as Horizon 2020 and the FET Flagship Initiatives.

'Establishing a dedicated research lab in the region allows us to further engage with our customers in co-designing solutions for their current and future supercomputing requirements,' said Steve Scott, senior vice president and chief technical officer at Cray. 'The European market is vitally important to Cray. With the recent opening of our regional headquarters in Bristol, a new Cray EMEA Research Lab, and a growing customer base in the region, our commitment to the European HPC community is stronger than ever.'

The Cray EMEA Research Lab is currently engaging with a number of supercomputing centers on important research projects. Cray is working with the Jülich Supercomputing Center in Germany to deliver a pilot supercomputing system for the Human Brain Project. Cray is also collaborating on various initiatives with other organisations such as the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the Alan Turing Institute in England, and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre in Lugano, Switzerland.       

'EPCC is very pleased to see Cray establishing this dedicated research lab,' said Professor Mark Parsons, executive director at EPCC. 'We have engaged in a number of research collaborations with Cray over the past decade including the highly successful CRESTA Exascale software project. I’m sure that this new focus on research collaboration will be warmly welcomed by Cray’s many customers in the region and lead to new and exciting research results.'

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