Feeds

Cray stunned by shock resignation

CEO Haydock walks after five months

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Word reached us yesterday morning that Cray Inc's CEO Michael Haydock had quit, and although the company took several hours to issue official confirmation, the statement didn't mince words.

Haydock walked because of a boardroom row: specifically, "due to differences with the Board of Directors in how to restore the company to long-term industry leadership." He was in the job for a mere five months, taking the post on October 1 last year. Former CEO James Rottsolk resumes his old job. The quarterly investor conference is scheduled for tomorrow.

Cray made a little noticed "strategic shift" late last year, announcing the news in the Christmas Party season, when every self-respecting journalist was either drunk or hungover.

The "realignment" consisted of 50 jobs being cut, and repositioning the company as a "solutions provider". That statement, heavy on gwana-gwana, can still be found here. It promised to focus on the SV line, and noticeably failed to commit to further R&D investment in the MTA series, which Cray justifiably describes as "revolutionary".

The MTA-2 is the latest in the line of Dr Burton Smith's multithreaded computers, and the good doctor - one of the most distinguished and best-loved computer pioneers is credited with inventing multithreaded (SMT) processors.

Intel is about to start shipping the first mass-market multithreaded processor, the Xeon MP, although given hyperbolic inflation, Chipzilla calls it "HyperThreading". In the reorg, Smith was assigned the role of heading up a new Cray Research unit.

Wise Register readers will know that Cray Research was the original name for Seymour Cray's computer company, with Cray Computers doing the research.

As part of the repositioning as a "solutions provider", Cray began selling clusters Dell Wintel boxes, hoping to catch some of the services revenue. ®

Related Story


Dell inks Linux HPC cluster deal with Cray

A Brief History of MultiThreaded Chips

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure
Updated Virtual Machine Converter now converts Linux VMs too
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.