Podcast: Why is HPE buying Cray?

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team tackles the HPE-Cray acquisition as it reviews the companies’ recent moves, strengths, and market conditions in the context of:

  • The 5-tier data center application architecture: Embedded, Mobile, Desktop, On-premises, Off-premises
  • The emergence of AI as a must-do enterprise app, and
  • Increasing commonality between supercomputers and enterprise servers.

After that, they do their Catch of the Week:

  • Henry cites yet another week another data breach! Massive Quest Diagnostics data breach impacts 12 million patients. A massive data breach has struck Quest Diagnostics and the information of up to 11.9 million patients has potentially been compromised. On Monday, the US clinical laboratory said that American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a billing collections provider that works with Quest, informed the company that an unauthorized user had managed to obtain access to AMCA systems.
  • Dan points out that the new Apple Mac Pro can be configured to cost tens of thousands of dollars. Given that he and Dan are PC people, the nuances of the Apple value are obviously lost of them, goes the counter argument. Apple’s top spec Mac Pro will likely cost at least $35,000. That’s before you count the GPUs or a Pro Display XDR screen. Apple announced today that its new Mac Pro starts at an already pricey $6,000, but the company neglected to mention how much the top-of-the-line model will cost. So we shopped around for equivalent parts to the top-end spec that Apple’s promising. As it turns out: $33,720.88 is likely the bare minimum — and that’s before factoring in the four GPUs, which could easily jack that price up to around $45,000.

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