I don’t think this (SGI Sold for 25 Million Dollars) is an April Fool’s Day joke either!
Wow, what a wild ride that has been. See, SGI holds a special place in my heart. While working in Sequent Computer Systems’ Advanced Oracle Engineering Group in the mid 1990’s I recall SGI selling the technology assets that included Cray’s CS6400 to Sun Microsystems for what was rumored to be about $50 million dollars. That was Sun’s first big system (a.k.a. UE 10000) thank you very much. Not that the UE 6000 was a loaf, but the UE 6000 was not about to stand toe-to-toe with a period Sequent NUMA-Q 2000-or hold a candle to it for that matter. Before the UE10K, Sun systems were “quick” but very limited bandwidth machines. It is fairly well known that Sequent management of the time didn’t think to buy and burn the CS6400 technology like they should have. It was, after all, developed no more than 400 meters from Sequent’s HQ. Figuring out a way to buy and burn that system house would have been a better “waste” of money than “The Dragster.”
If only someone, anyone, besides Sun would have bought that CS6400 division… if only…
Sun Microsystems went on the sell over 1,000 of those CS6400 (UE10K) jobbies per year for an annual take of over a billion dollars.
Memories… but it has all brought NUMA back to the forefront of my thinking today…
PS. I need to point out to my Oaktable Network friends that this post was indeed a part of my ex-Sequent 12-step program.