Supercomputer maker Cray has bagged a $21m contract to supply the Perth, Australia, Pawsey Centre for supercomputing which will be used to run simulations for geology, life sciences, and nanotechnology research, as well as support radio-astronomy workloads that are the organization's main work. The contract was awarded to Cray …
21mil doesn't sound like much for kit if Cray are involved.
I wonder why...
IBM doesn't acquire Cray and consolidate the supercomputer market, outside of those supercomputers which are just a bunch of x86 nodes clustered.
Because Intel got there first. They've bought the Cray interconnect technology, which is pretty much all the interesting IP that Cray had left.
And Crays nowadays are pretty much "just a bunch of x86 nodes clustered" anyway.
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