Thinking Machines is attempting to sell its Darwin data mining software and services unit to Oracle for $4.7 million.
As a result, the supercomputer manufacturer has already sent out an information statement to its shareholders asking for approval, according to sources.
When asked about the possible acquisition, Larry Ellison, Oracle's chairman and chief executive, said: "Have we made an announcement on that yet? No? Then, no comment."
But Thomas Kirian, vice president of Oracle's ecommerce programme office, said: "We've been looking at it for our data warehousing strategy to form part of our business intelligence and data warehousing offering. We already have a reporting and query and analysis tool and Warehouse Builder enables users to move their data from production systems to their warehouses, but the next piece is data mining."
Oracle already resells Darwin as part of its Warehouse Initiative scheme, and the data mining application is based on parallel technology that enables users to extract information from very large databases. It also comes with a software developers kit, which includes wizards, to enable users to generate models so they can set the parameters of the data they wish to search.
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