After a short swirl of rumors early Friday morning, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) confirmed that it plans to acquire US supercomputer maker Cray for approximately $1.3 billion. At the core of the deal is Cray’s high-performance computing (HPC) technology, which HPE wants to offer as a future HPC-as-a-Service platform. The companies also plan to combine their existing artificial intelligence and machine learning analytics capabilities. Supercomputers Build your own supercomputer out of Raspberry Pi boards IBM taps Watson for commerce push Japan’s next supercomputer to be 100 times faster “Answers to some of society’s most pressing challenges are buried in massive amounts of data,” said HPE chief executive Antonio Neri. “Only by processing and analyzing this data will we be able to unlock the answers to critical challenges across medicine, climate change, space and more.” Cray is one of the leading players in supercomputing, with its systems powering three of the world’s top 10 supercomputers. The company just recently announced an Exascale supercomputer contract for more than $600 million for the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Cray’s architecture and interconnect technology are also part of a $500 million, 1 exaFlop supercomputer called Aurora set to arrive in 2021 at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. SEE: Cloud v. data center decision (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF (TechRepublic) Once combined with Cray, HPE expects to expand its customer base and footprint in federal business and academia, and ramp up its ability to sell supercomputing products to enterprise customers. HPE said the… [Read full story]
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