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HP Consolidates Its Supercomputing Power By Acquiring Cray

HP Consolidates Its Supercomputing Power By Acquiring Cray
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) has announced that it has agreed to acquire Cray as HP looks opt consolidate its position in the supercomputing sphere.
It is worth mentioning that it was just weeks ago that Cray that it would be developing what can turn out to the fastest ever super computer in the world.
The acquisition of the Seattle-based Cray would be done in an all-cash deal worth about $1.3 billion and is anticipated to get over by January 2020, HP said. The company further added that its portfolio would be enhanced by the acquisition of the high-performance computing company and the synergy would also bring down the cost of Cray's technology such as Slingshot which is a high-speed network that links computing nodes into one big supercomputer.
Cray and AMD are partnering with the US Department of Energy for development of one of the most powerful super computers of the world called the Frontier and it is aimed to be operational in 2021, the department said on May 7. The computing performance power of the proposed super computer would be 1.5 exaflops, or 1.5 quintillion calculations per second which would be faster than the Aurora super computer with 1.0 exaflops of computing power that Cray developing together with Intel.
Supercomputers are massive machines sometimes occupying as much room as a basketball court usually used to simulate reality in extraordinary detail. That can be used for projects like reconstructing the history of the universe, estimating if decades-old nuclear weapons will still explode, designing engines and aircraft, and forecasting the effects of global climate change.
"Cray is a global technology leader in supercomputing and shares our deep commitment to innovation," HP President and CEO Antonio Neri said in a statement. "By combining our world-class teams and technology, we will have the opportunity to drive the next generation of high-performance computing and play an important part in advancing the way people live and work."
The name of Cray is synonymous with supercomputing. The company has manufactured a series of high-power, high-prestige computers that have been instant hits for customers such as national laboratories that undertake complex nuclear weapons research. Cray was founded in 1972 by Seymour Cray with his experience of working scientific computers at his previous company - Control Data Corp.
But the market for super computers has been challenging and the corporate reality of Cray has undergone as much changes as has the technology for computers itself.
Cray was acquired in 1996 by its rival in the high-performance computing business called Silicon Graphics, which later became SGI. On the other hand, Cray's 64-processor UE10000 "Starfire" design was bought by the then-hot Sun Microsystems as a means of expanding its computing business and sold the design as Sun's Enterprise 10000. In 2000, Cary was sold to a small supercomputing firm, Tera Computer, by SGI and the smaller computing firm later renamed itself after the better-known brand.
There were no other comments or information were issued by HPE and Cray about the deal.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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