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This has been languishing on my Amazon wish list for some years, and someone finally snagged it for me (couldn't find it in local libraries, couldn't find it used) . . . The book is pretty slight. One thing I remember vividly from a visit to the Computer Museum in Boston (closed now) was a display a book with the instruction set for one of Cray's machines: It was hand-written in ink. Apparently that was Cray's style. This omission leads me to believe that there might be other gaps in the book -
Seymour Cray is one of the greatest virtuoso engineers of all time.I'd read about him in various other books. He was noted for his eccentricities. Instead of working in some lab in a major city, he worked in a cottage overlooking a lake in Wisconsin (Lake Wissota, Chippewa Falls, northeast of Eau Claire, roughly 90 miles east of Minneapolis). He'd build a sailboat, sail it on the lake and, next spring, burn that one and start building another. Each one better than the last.The "larger" story is
Incisive history of the supercomputer up to SS-1, Seymour Cray's accident, and the aborted Cray 3.
"Parity is for dirt farmers." - Seymour CrayAmazon 2008-10-13. Seymour Cray is my god and pwns you. From the Seymour Cray documentary project:Seymour Cray is the undisputed father of Supercomputing, or high-performance computing (HPC) as it now called. In 1975, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (now LANL) made a commitment to purchase and install Seymour Cray’s first Cray-1A supercomputer; the 2005 sneak preview at SC'05 marked the 30th anniversary of that event, which heralded the beginning of t...
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA has an exhibition about supercomputers: a CDC 6600, a Cray-1, a piece of the CPU of another Cray-1, a Cray-2, a processor board of a Cray-3. All these were the fastest computers in the world at the time of their introduction (the Cray-3 would have been if it had succeeded), and they were all designed by a computer engineer called Seymour Cray. This book tells about the man's life and times; his successes (CDC 6600, Cray-1) and failures (CDC 8600,
This book is a quick interesting read about the supercomputing industry focusing primarily on Seymour Cray. Unfortunately, it is rather disorganized and provides little insight into Cray's personal life and upbringing. For example, his divorce is mentioned in only one sentence in passing and his upbringing in only a few pages. The book ends basically saying the Cray way is outdated so I'm not sure what to take from the narrative. The question of what produces such a man is left unanswered.
Great introduction to the incredible mind of Seymour Cray. The book got a little repetitive at times, but then again, Cray was repetitive: he kept succeeding in upending the supercomputer industry, again and again.
I always knew about Seymour Cray and the CRAY supercomputer.. I now learned what came after the CRAY-1 ~ The failures of the companies and CRAYs that never were that followed and his tragic death by car accident. The man was a true 100% genius...
If you're involved in HPC, or, if you attend classes in the U of M's IT, this is fun background knowledge to have.
Reads like Soul Of A New Machine from 30,000 feet. Readable but everything was very one-dimensional. Hoped for more insight about Cray himself but didn't really get much of that
Great read about Cray, the companies he worked for or created and the way he looked at innovation
Great history of Seymour Cray and the history of supercomputers. I have read it once. Lost my original copy. Just purchased again through Amazon so I can read it again.
A very personal, sad tale of Cray's journey through the supercomputing world.