March 11, 1991 |
Who makes the fastest supercomputers in the world? Increasingly, the answer seems to be Japan. That bothers American scientists, who worry that Japan's supercomputer advantage will translate into greater Japanese competitiveness in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and semiconductors, where the machines help design new products, and automobiles, where they simulate crash tests. The U.S. government has responded to the threat with a heavy hand.
July 13, 1990
Marcelo Gumucio, president and chief operating officer of Cray Research Inc., has resigned from both positions at the supercomputer maker. Cray Chairman and Chief Executive John A. Rollwagen said for the "foreseeable future" he will assume Gumucio's responsibilities in addition to his current duties. Rollwagen said in a letter to employees that he and Gumucio "were unable to agree" on how the Minneapolis company should be run.
July 12, 1990 |
Supercomputer-maker Cray Research Inc., which has seen several key leadership changes in recent years, said today that Marcelo Gumucio submitted his resignation as president, chief operating officer and a member of its board. Cray Chief Executive Officer John Rollwagen cited differences of management style for the surprise departure of Gumucio, who became president in November, 1988.
April 25, 1990 |
A supercomputer capable of performing billions of calculations per second may cost as much as $25 million. Therefore the sale of as few as 15 supercomputers can make the difference between a strong and weak performance for the entire industry. Two factors may cause another shakeout among manufacturers. First, government institutions are cutting back. They have consistently purchased the largest systems, contributing, for example, 50% of the revenue of Cray Research Inc., the industry leader.
March 30, 1990 |
Marking its first move into lower-priced, lowered-powered models, supercomputer pioneer Cray Research said Thursday that it has tentatively agreed to acquire a Silicon Valley maker of so-called mini-supercomputers. Terms of the all-cash purchase of Supertek Computer of Santa Clara, Calif., were not disclosed.
October 3, 1989 |
Persistent sluggish computer sales have prompted three more high-technology companies to trim their work forces. Cray Research Inc., a Minneapolis supercomputer maker, said Monday that it was laying off about 400 employees in its Wisconsin manufacturing operations because of slowing demand for its state-of-the art scientific machines. The layoffs represent about 7% of the company's worldwide work force of about 5,400. Motorola Inc., of Schaumburg, Ill.
July 24, 1989 |
Cray Research Inc. of the United States, the world's largest supercomputer maker, and Hitachi have agreed to share technology in Cray's first deal with a Japanese computer maker, according to media reports. The nationally circulated Asahi Shimbun newspaper, Japan Broadcasting Corp. and Kyodo News Service, all quoting unidentified "industry sources," said the two have agreed to exchange supercomputer hardware technology, including circuits for high-speed analysis of scientific information.
June 25, 1989 |
A highlight for many visitors to Apple Computer's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., is a tour of the company's supercomputer center. There, coiled in a semicircle and encased in glass at the end of a hall checkerboarded in black and white tiles, stands Apple's bright purple Cray supercomputer. Given its hue and sleek art-Deco surroundings, it's no wonder critics once questioned whether Apple bought the $14.5-million machine to attract attention or to do serious work. "In the beginning, people didn't think we needed that much computing power to design personal computers," recalls Kent Koeninger, who helps Apple engineers use the Cray machine.