Hewlett Packard Enterprise to acquire supercomputer pioneer Cray
Saturday, 18 May 2019 Hewlett Packard Enterprise said Friday that it would buy the supercomputer pioneer Cray, a relatively tiny financial transaction that could loom large in a quickening race between the United States and China at the highest reaches of computing.
The big Silicon Valley company will pay about $1.4 billion to absorb a much smaller rival that has designed some of the most powerful systems in use and on the drawing board at national laboratories in the United States.
Supercomputers have long been a mainstay of military and intelligence agencies, used for chores ranging from cracking codes to designing nuclear weapons. They have many civilian uses as well, like predicting weather, creating new drugs and simulating the effect of crashes on auto designs.
Cray, based in Seattle, traces its lineage to a company founded in 1972 in Minnesota by computer designer Seymour Cray. That company was bought in 1996 by Silicon Graphics; it was sold in 2000 to Tera Computer, which adopted the Cray name. Cray died after a car crash in 1996, having left his original company several years earlier.
HP Enterprise, one of two companies created in the 2015 breakup of Hewlett-Packard, is a major supercomputer supplier in addition to selling general-purpose server systems. In the latest ranking of supercomputer installations, Cray was fourth with 49 systems and HP Enterprise fifth with 46.
What worries some U.S. officials is the rapid rise of suppliers based in China. One of them, Lenovo, which bought former IBM hardware operations, led the rankings with 140 supercomputers installed. Two others, Inspur and Sugon, were second with 84 and third with 54, respectively.
The United States managed to claim back bragging rights for having the world’s most powerful system last June, with an IBM machine at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee that...
Reuters reports that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co will purchase supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc. The deal was announced on Friday by Cray and is valued at approximately $1.30 billion, net of cash. The purchase is expected to close by the first quarter of HPE’s fiscal year 2020. Hewlett Packard...
Reuters reports that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co will purchase supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc. The deal was announced on Friday by Cray and is valued at approximately $1.30 billion, net of cash...