HP to acquire SGI

Chris Elmquist chrise at pobox.com
Fri Aug 12 18:15:04 CDT 2016

On Friday (08/12/2016 at 09:33AM -0700), Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 08/12/2016 06:17 AM, Todd Killingsworth wrote:
> > SGI was already destroyed decades ago.  With more vision, they could
> > have transitioned the business into becoming an Nvidia instead of a
> > faceless rack server company.
> But that's really what SGI is/was today--the former Rackable Systems who
> inherited the name after purchasing the Chapter 11 remains of SGI back
> in 2009, except for some tidbits held by a mystery group called
> "Graphics Properties Holdings, Inc.", which is probably the name of some
> file in a lawyer's office in New Rochelle.  GPH is mostly known for
> using old SGI patents to go after the likes of Samsung, Google and Amazon.
> In the 1990s, SGI always seemed to me to be more of a hedge fund
> operations, acquiring and then relinquishing MIPS and Cray, picking up
> Intergraph and Wavefront.  I suspect that releasing MIPS and Cray via
> IPOs was a way to raise capital.
> Whatever, the original company and mindset is long gone.  No use crying
> over spilt milk.

There are some SGI people here in MN that figure, from a severance
standpoint, getting laid off from HP is probably better than getting
laid off from SGI.  So, you know, they have new found optimism.

Chris Elmquist

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