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This morning Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cray are announcing that HPE will be buying out the supercomputer maker for roughly 1.3 billion dollars. Intending to use Cray’s knowledge and technology to bolster their own supercomputing and high-performance computing technologies, when the deal closes, HPE will become the world leader for supercomputing technology.

Cray of course needs no introduction. The current leader in the supercomputing field and founder of supercomputing as we know it, Cray has been a part of the supercomputing landscape since the 1970s. Starting at the time with fully custom systems, in more recent years Cray has morphed into an integrator and scale-out specialist, combining processors from the likes of Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA into supercomputers, and applying their own software, I/O, and interconnect technologies.

The timing of the acquisition announcement closely follows other major news from Cray: the company just landed a $600 million US Department of Energy contract to supply the Frontier supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2021. Frontier is one of two exascale supercomputers Cray is involved in – the other being a subcontractor for the 2021 Aurora system – and in fact Cray is involved in the only two exascale systems ordered by the US Government thus far. So in both a historical and modern context, Cray was and is one of the biggest players in the supercomputing market.
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Wow, bought again, and by HPE ! Not the best move for Cray I'm afraid ...
I've lost track about Cray, for the last 20 years, since then Cray Research (there were also the Seymour company, Cray Corporation I think, a different company not to be confused with CR) was bought and salvaged by SGI.

Those were the times I quit super-computing in favor of IT transformation, still my job, now.

Ah memories ... I hope the best for Cray, since I think they did good things in the recent years, otherwise they wouldn't have won those 2 big contracts from the US ...
 

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Another good company bites the dust. At least, they weren't acquired by MS.
 
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