Hewlett Packard Enterprise Acquires Supercomputer Maker Cray In The Race To “#exascale” Performance

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New York (The Verge) — HP Enterprise acquires supercomputer maker Cray in the race to “exascale” performance theverge.com/2019/5/17/1862….

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, not to be confused with the personal computing brand from which it split in 2015, said that it acquired Cray, an iconic maker of supercomputers with a rich history in the technology industry.

Cray, which was founded in 1972 by “the father of supercomputing,” Seymour Cray, is currently contracted to build two of the world’s fastest supercomputers for two US Department of Energy Labs: the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory. Both systems, one called Frontier being built in partnership with AMD and one called Aurora with Intel, are promised to bring so-called “exascale” performance, with raw performance power of the excess of 1.5 exfaflops, or a quintillion calculations per second.

Such exascale supercomputer systems do not yet exist, and it makes sense HPE would want its own stake in upcoming “exascale opportunities,” for which the company says there is a growing market of primarily government contracts, currently estimated at $4 billion over the next half-decade. Currently, IBM is the maker of the world’s two fastest supercomputers, Summit and Sierra. Nick Statt/@verge

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