January 8, 1997 |
The Boulder, Colo.-based National Center for Atmospheric Research has acquired an additional Cray supercomputer after Minnesota-based Cray Research, the last U.S. supercomputer manufacturer, blocked the federal agency's plans to purchase a Japanese-made NEC supercomputer.
August 1, 1996 |
Silicon Graphics said Wednesday that it lost $49 million in its fiscal fourth quarter after taking a charge of $102 million for its acquisition of supercomputer company Cray Research. But the Mountain View, Calif.-based computer systems maker on its own enjoyed record profit, exceeding analysts' expectations. The company also announced that its president, Thomas Jermoluk, has resigned effective immediately to head At Home Corp.
July 30, 1996 |
Cray Research Inc. stepped up its battle to keep a lock on the U.S. supercomputer market by filing a complaint of dumping Monday against a Japanese competitor. Eagan, Minn.-based Cray accused NEC Corp. of winning a contract with a federal climate laboratory last spring by offering four supercomputers for the price of one. NEC denies the allegation. "This is very serious to us. This is a very big deal to us," said Robert Ewald, Cray's president and chief operating officer.
February 27, 1996 |
The era of the supercomputer is fading. Silicon Graphics Inc., the Mountain View, Calif., manufacturer of 3-D workstations, announced Monday that it will acquire Cray Research Inc., the last of the supercomputer companies. Cray, the inventor of the computer engineering marvels, will lose its independence. Silicon Graphics agreed to purchase Cray for $752 million, a relatively modest premium over its market value of $644.4 million.
February 26, 1996 |
In a surprise move, Silicon Graphics Inc., the maker of powerful graphics computers used to render the special effects in motion pictures such as "Forrest Gump" and "Jurassic Park" as well as 3-D workstations for scientists and engineers, will announce its intention to acquire troubled supercomputer pioneer Cray Research at a news conference to be held today in New York, sources said. Cray executives are expected to support the acquisition.
June 4, 1995 |
The thing that makes a supercomputer super today is the same thing that drives a home computer. But more of it. Supercomputers were once room-size machines and the stuff of technology legends, helping the government forecast weather or scientists analyze earthquakes, create new drugs and understand nuclear physics. They're still the most powerful and expensive computers being made but now they look like big refrigerators.