Silicon Graphics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

MercuryNews is reporting that Silicon Graphics (SGI), once a giant in high-powered computing and the company whose supercomputers were used for everything from Hollywood special effects to NASA research to virtual reality, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning for its U.S. operations. I’m sure many people out there have or have had SGI hardware, our GIS labs included, and it’s a little sad to see, although they’ve been in trouble for awhile and it’s really no surprise. The company will continue to operate, but will likely cut staff and make other drastic changes to try to turn things around