Cray joins OpenStack Foundation

24 Jun 2014 Leipzig - At the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Cray announced that it has joined the OpenStack Foundation as a Corporate Sponsor. Cray will contribute to OpenStack and work to integrate open source capabilities into future Cray products and services.

The OpenStack Foundation promotes the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack Cloud operating system. OpenStack has a goal of serving developers, users and the entire ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to grow the footprint of public and private OpenStack Clouds, and assisting developers in producing the best Cloud software in the industry. Cray will collaborate with OpenStack and research common open source components to benefit the supercomputing industry.

"We want to ensure that Cray customers benefit from interoperability with OpenStack", stated Peg Williams, Cray's senior vice president of high performance computing systems. "System management capabilities with OpenStack, for example, will help improve total cost of ownership, productivity, and ease-of-use in sophisticated datacenter environments. We support the OpenStack Foundation because it enables our customers to take advantage of the economics and flexibility of open source by leveraging OpenStack capabilities."

By joining the OpenStack Foundation, which has attracted more than 9,500 individual members from 100 countries and 850 different organizations, Cray plans over time to provide customers with common APIs, common infrastructure and core frameworks. The OpenStack infrastructure will allow Cray to work with other suppliers and partners, enabling integration of additional innovative and best-in-class technologies.

Cray has a long history of open source community contribution and collaboration, including active participation in organizations such as OpenMP, OpenSFS, OpenACC and more. Cray is already active in the OpenStack community and will now leverage domain knowledge in extreme scale supercomputing and a legacy of production installation experience.
Source: Cray