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Earlier this week Silicon Graphics was purchased by Rackable systems for 25mill.  It also looks like Sun will be gobbled up to the tune of 7 Billion next week by IBM and Twitter the social tool could be purchased by Google.  Recessions are very interesting times!

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It is reported that IBM are in talks to purchase SUN Microsystems.  I had blogged about the possibility of Dell buying them a few months ago.  At that time I looked into buying SUN stock because it was so low, wish I had enough cash at the time because their stock price has gone up 60% today!  Would have made a killing.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting “people familiar with the matter,” reported Wednesday that International Business Machines was in talks to buy Sun for at least $6.5 billion in cash, a premium of more than 100 percent over the company’s closing share price Tuesday. Officials of Sun and IBM could not immediately be reached for comment.

So what do I think about the deal?   I think it’s a good match, IBM have long been supportive of open source technologies and there will be good overlap for both companies.  IBM has a lot to gain from SUN’s intellectual property and it will now have a lot more access to SUN’s telecom & finance customers.  I do think there will be big clashes in the cultures between the two companies, only time will tell though how they will all fit together.

I wonder what will happen to the products they both have that compete against each other.  If IBM kept sun would they ditch Sun Grid Engine and keep LoadLeveler?  It will be very interesting to see what happens in the next few years if they merge.  Another possibility is that Cisco may aquire them but with recent announcements that Cisco is getting into the blade market I don’t see that happening.

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IBM’s Deep Computing unit is pushing hard in the HPC space again!  A few questions come to mind, can the code scale?  How do you administer such a system?  With 1.6 million cpu’s is there someone constantly walking around the system exchanging failed cpu’s and memory.

Code-named Sequoia, the supercomputer has been ordered up by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, an agency that has long relied on IBM to provide the supercomputing muscle to safeguard the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Advertisement Sequoia will include 1.6 million microprocessors – more than 10 times as many as were built into last summer’s Roadrunner.

Roadrunner, which also performs computer simulations to keep nuclear weapons safe, is deployed at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos lab, where it consists of 288 refrigerator-sized racks that take up 6,000 square feet – more than twice the size of the average American home.

Sequoia will be almost half that size, housed in 96 refrigerator-sized racks occupying just 3,422 square feet.

But despite its smaller footprint, when it is put into action in 2012 it will be more powerful than the combined performance of the top 500 supercomputers in the world today.

Sequoia is scheduled for delivery in 2011 and will go into service in 2012.

Full article:  http://www.lohud.com/article/20090203/BUSINESS01/902030335

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