It’s About Time

Article Source Linux Magazine
July 15, 2009, 11:02 am

I was half way through this weeks column when I noticed Rumor SGI Terminates PFLOPS Deal and then I read The Business Side of HPC on Joe Landman’s blog. I need to chime in on this story.

In case you did not read about it, I’ll summarize the reported rumor. If you recall, old SGI is gone. Rackable systems bought some of the assets, but as a legal entity SGI is history. While it was alive, however, it signed a deal with the National Science Foundation and the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center to deliver a 1 PFLOPS (1×10^15 Floating Point Operations per Second) system for $30 million. The new SGI/Rackable is under no obligation to honor the deal and it is rumored that they have decided to walk away...

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