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Cray Acquires Gnodal IP, Expands R&D in Europe

Today Cray announced a significant expansion to its research and development team in Europe with the addition of key individuals from Gnodal Limited.

Who is Gnodal? They were builders of fully adaptive load-balancing switch fabrics. You might remember them from this insideHPC video at SC12.

We are very excited that the founders and key engineers at Gnodal have decided to join Cray as part of our global R&D team,” said Dr. Ulla Thiel, Cray vice president, Europe. “Since the launch of the Cray Exascale Research Initiative in Europe in 2009, Cray has steadily expanded its R&D base in Europe. Today we have highly-talented software developers at the Cray Europe Exascale Center and at several Cray Centers of Excellence across Europe, and we are now adding significant hardware and software development to our activities in Europe.”

Cray has announced several major supercomputing wins in Europe over the past 12 months, including large Cray XC30 supercomputers for ECMWF, Deutscher Wetterdiens, the UK National Supercomputing Facility (ARCHER), the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, and two systems in Berlin and Hannover for the North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN).

Cray’s purchase from Gnodal Limited was limited to the assignment of certain intellectual property rights including patents and design copyrights. In turn, Cray hired the vast majority of Gnodal Limited’s employees, who will now be working at Cray to develop new technology. Cray did not purchase the ongoing business operations of Gnodal Limited, nor any of its stock in trade or accounts.

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