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Old 13th November, 2007, 05:20 PM
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IBM's Roadrunner set to smash supercomputing marks

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Tuesday, 13 November 2007
IBM's Roadrunner set to smash supercomputing marks
By Michael Kanellos
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Published: November 12, 2007, 3:23 PM PST

BM once again dominated the competition in semiannual rankings of supercomputers, but the big news is what's coming next year.... Front Page
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Old 13th November, 2007, 06:46 PM
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What happened to Cray? Are they still in the super-computer business? I kinda figured that No Such Agency bought them many years ago. Maybe they don't need to compete with Big Blue and Hitachi, or is it Toshiba that builds the Japanese super number crunchers?
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They are still around. However, a series of bad decisions over the last several years have left them in the position of 'also ran' in the super-computer market, or so I understand.

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Old 14th November, 2007, 02:16 AM
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Thanks, Gizmo. I wonder if they are still part of Silicon Graphics? Nevermind, I should find out myself!
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Old 14th November, 2007, 03:37 AM
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SGI nearly went down the tubes recently, and alot of investors lost all of their money in the company when it was delisted.

Problem was that SGI hitched their wagon to the Intel Itanium (also known as Itanic) which was a major shift that never produced any real benefits.

Previously they used IRIX, which was their own unix based OS, but in recent years they moved to Linux, and switched from using niche processors to mainstream x86, which is only really practical now, as x86 systems are starting to scale more linearly and performing better.
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SGI also took another bath when AMD announced that the Barcs would be late, IIRC.
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The "Itanic" was thoroughly lambasted for years by The Register, IIRC. WTH would SGI "love" that proc? Methinks someone was asleep in the executive suite. Guess I'll keep my Silicon Graphics keyboard for posterity. It cost two bucks at Boeing Surplus.
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SGI used to make some pretty funky peripherals and cases. I have an SGI Pentium 2 XEON case somwhere here that looks like a sail.
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SGI used to make some pretty funky peripherals and cases. I have an SGI Pentium 2 XEON case somwhere here that looks like a sail.
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