With Cray buy, HPE rules but does not own the supercomputing market

With Cray buy, HPE rules but does not own the supercomputing market

Hewlett Packard Enterprise was already the leader in the high-performance computing (HPC) sector before its announced acquisition of supercomputer maker Cray earlier this month. Now it has a commanding lead, but there are still competitors to the giant.

The news that HPE would shell out $1.3 billion to buy the company came just as Cray has announced plans to build three of the biggest systems yet – all exascale, and all at the same time for 2021 deployment.

Sales had been slowing for HPC systems, but our government with its endless supply of money came to the rescue, throwing hundreds of millions at Cray for systems to be built at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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