[Beowulf] Rackable / SGI

Douglas J. Trainor trainor at divination.biz
Thu Apr 2 15:28:39 EDT 2009


When corporate trumped engineering, it was only a matter of time.
When they told Jim Clark to not come back to port, it was only a  
matter of time.
When the USSR economic system went into conniptions, repeat purchases  
fell in the USA, and the big company eventually couldn't feed itself.
I don't think the engineers ever pulled the wool over their own eyes.

     http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/10/attitude.html

         douglas

On Apr 1, 2009, at 10:00 AM, Ian Dillon wrote:

> Likewise Joe, watching the demise of SGI has been incredibly hard to  
> fathom.
> This was a great company with tons of energy/potential and did right  
> by
> their employees back in the day.  I think this is why so many of us  
> feel for
> the company and its current employee base.
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf- 
> bounces at beowulf.org] On
> Behalf Of Joe Landman
> Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 5:57 AM
> To: Kilian CAVALOTTI
> Cc: beowulf at beowulf.org
> Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Rackable / SGI
>
> Kilian CAVALOTTI wrote:
>> On Wednesday 01 April 2009 13:58:22 John Hearns wrote:
>>>
> http://www.sgi.com/company_info/newsroom/press_releases/2009/april/rackable
>>> .html
>>>
>>> Not an April Fools.
>>
>> Whoa. That, and IBM eating Sun, the market is really shrinking...
>
> Read the note from SGI.  This was done as a bankruptcy filing this
> morning, and not all liabilities are going over.  That is, it is an
> asset purchase.  Creditors may still object, and force this to be a
> chapter 7 filing (sell the thing bit by bit).  I had been wondering if
> they had made their $5M debt service payment on friday, and whether or
> not their creditors believed them to be in default.  The speed of this
> and its construction, have a feel of a "rush" job ... last minute to
> stave off a complete shuttering and sale.
>
> I sympathize with my friends and former co-workers at the company ...
> this is a whopper of a layoff ... with likely no severance (SGI was  
> ~3x
> Rackable's size w.r.t. people, and I would bet only a small fraction
> will follow the asset sale, if Rackable makes them an offer).
>
> Sad day.
>
> As for the market shrinking, well ... this does happen.  We (Scalable)
> are happy to help customers out (service/support on existing systems,
> new clusters/storage), as is Don's company (Penguin), as are other
> companies here.  Some of us are doing well and growing.
>
> Joe
>
>
> -- 
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> Scalable Informatics LLC,
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