Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com.
The Friday money roundup
This is earnings season, so everyone is talking dollars. Here’s a roundup:
EU charges Intel with using kickbacks to crush AMD
According to the AP the European Union has charged Intel with abuse of monopoly power to crush its AMD competition. The EU alleges Intel gave illegal “rebates” to computer makers for buying from Intel, and made illegal payments to manufacturers to get them to hobble product lines using AMD chips.
Intel has 10 weeks to respond, and getting it wrong could cost Intel up to 10% of its global revenue each year it broke the law (sales last year were $36B US). (More on this HPC news item)
Money for SiCortex
HPC hardware startup SiCortex has announced [PDF] that they’ve closed a deal for $10M in venture debt from Hercules Technology Growth Capital to accelerate production and sales and marketing efforts in response to demand for its products. (More on this HPC news item)
Rumor: HP to buy European HPC vendor Bull?
Reuters reported yesterday that shares of French HPC vendor Bull were up over 10% today in European trading on Thursday on speculation that HP is set to spend $1B US to buy the company. HP stands to gain a strong native “in” with the growing EU HPC market with another company that has also built its offering around Intel’s offering. (More on this enterprise HPC news item)