SiCortex Meets an Untimely End: A very sad situation for everyone involved.
[…] the five venture capital firms supporting Linux cluster vendor SiCortex have pulled their funding, forcing the Massachusetts-based company to shut down its operations. As the company prepares to sell off its assets, there are said to be only a handful of employees remaining.
SiCortex was a Blend client, and a good one. We worked on their Web site in one capacity or another for four years. My first traveling gig with Blend was to visit them for three days in 2005 to help them piece together a Web strategy.
I remember interviewing all the of the stakeholders over the three days. These guys were hardcore – the type that wrote code in 1s and 0s. One of them worked at PARC back in the day. Another was almost 70-years-old and still talked about processor design with the excitement of a 22-year-old starting his dream job.
They had a great product. Their machines where fast, compact, and could plug into a 220-watt outlet. When you walked into their offices in Maynard, Mass, they had a bunch of them sitting behind glass in the lobby. If Darth Vader got into high-performance computing, this would be his machine.
We worked with some great people out there (one relationship thankfully continues on another venture). So, we’re mourning both the loss of the relationship, and the loss of the technology and vision they brought to the HPC market.