[Beowulf] yikes: intel buys cray's spine

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Wed Apr 25 01:52:11 PDT 2012

On Apr 25, 2012, at 8:52 AM, Greg Lindahl wrote:

>> http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4371639/Cray-sells- 
>> interconnect-hardware-unit-to-Intel
> This is a real surprise. Intel said then that the IB stuff they bought
> from QLogic/PathScale was intended for exoscale computing. For this
> buy Intel says:
>> "This deal does not affect our current Infiniband product plans  
>> and at
>> this moment we don't disclose future product plans related to  
>> acquired
>> assets," he added.
> And a Cray guy said, this time:
>> "If interconnects are being incorporated into processors, we want to
>> look at other areas where we can differentiate,"
> Very interesting.
> -- greg

Though it seems contradictory statements, for a very huge company  
it's not a problem to own
2 different productlines.

Being 'director' of a company like that is kind of being a small  
manager within intel.

Yet managing these newly acquired intel productlines requires a total  
different sort of leadership if i may say so.
It's not babysitting a product - it requires in the long term real  
innovative form of thinking. Such persons aren't working
usually as a manager at a huge company.

These huge companies are total different organized and have such  
creative persons at total different spots
in the organisation, requiring far more overhead in terms of number  
of employees, to get the same thing done.

That means they need more turnover out of this business than Cray and  
Qlogics had, meanwhile the manager that after
a while takes the spot of the CEO now, he will want to grow further  
and deeper into the giants company business,
so it's always a gamble what will get back at that spot to manage.

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