US Lifts Trade Ban on Russian Supercomputer Vendor T-Platforms

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Russian supercomputer vendor T-Platforms has been removed from the U.S. Export Restrictions Entity List and has been cleared to resume commerce. This restriction removal is for all of T-Platforms and applies to the company and its subsidiaries in Germany and Taiwan, allowing them to resume normal trade activities in compliance with all U.S. export control requirements.

Imposed on March 8, 2013 by the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the previously imposed export restrictions prohibited high-tech vendors from selling certain types of products and components of U.S. origin to T-Platforms, as well as goods bearing American intellectual property. In reality, the decision was interpreted by many manufacturers as a complete ban on the sale of various products to T-Platforms, often not subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The previously imposed sanctions have caused T-Platforms significant economic and image impact. The company was forced to suspend purchases of components, materials and semiconductors. Sanctions greatly affected production and sales numbers, and the pace of new system development.

Before this ban came into play last year, T-Platforms had steadily built a reputation in Europe for building accelerated x86 computer clusters with innovative power and cooling. And while this development is certainly good news for the company, I’m hoping that it also signals the return of their hospitality event at ISC’14 coming up in June. I may just get my wish because T-Platforms is now a Gold Sponsor of the event.

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  1. Sharan Kalwani says

    very very interesting indeed. Clearly we canhope that we will see an uptick in vendor competitive activity, hopefully more choices and tangible HPC end user consumer wins!