Ashlee actually talked to someone in the Googleplex:
“We bought a small number of chips from Intel recently, but we continue to be supplied by more than one vendor,” spokesman Barry Schnitt told us in a statement and then returned to his cocoon.
So, either: Intel’s got a loose canon who used to have a blog, or Google’s spinning the truth to protect a competitive advantage. Or both.
It’s interesting when giants wrestle, but at this point not very HPC-ish, so say goodbye to this story.