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Poor AMD. Cray has decided to build its next generation of supercomputers around Intel’s Xeon chips. Cray’s previous line was built around AMD’s Opteron processor, which was introduced in 2003, but AMD’s latest quad-core chip — the Barcelona — has been delayed. Into that delay has […]

Poor AMD. Cray has decided to build its next generation of supercomputers around Intel’s Xeon chips. Cray’s previous line was built around AMD’s Opteron processor, which was introduced in 2003, but AMD’s latest quad-core chip — the Barcelona — has been delayed. Into that delay has stepped Intel, with an ambitious effort to not only provide chips, but also to build an R&D partnership around the future of supercomputing centered on Intel’s multicore processors. With Cray bringing on such a potent partner (Intel has almost 71 percent of the market when it comes to providing processors for the Top 500 supercomputers) other chip vendors such as IBM should take note, too. Chart image from Top500.org.

  1. Score another 3,000 in unit sales, plus a press release, for Intel (another 10 deals like this and maybe Itel will give this sales guy his own desk).

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  2. [...] the grid architecture running specialized software. It’s also the same trend that is leading Cray to work with Intel on designing the next generation of [...]

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  3. [...] rise of the x86 architecture is one of the reasons Cray formed a partnership with Intel. There was a desire for a second source of chips after AMD’s production delays caused Cray a [...]

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