Foundation of Cray Research Inc by Seymour Cray

1972
Foundation of Cray Research Inc by Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray began his career as an engineer for Engineering Research Associates (ERA) where he began to design a machine of his own, when ERA were purchased by Remington Rand they were merged into there Univac department. He soon left to join Control Data Corporation (CDC) which had been founded by other employeese who left Remington Rand during the ERA merger. At CDC Seymour created his first transistorized computer, nicknamed little character. This lead to the building of the CDC 1604, Cray was the lead designer of many of the most powerful computers of the day such as the CDC 6600, 7600 and the prototype 8600.

In 1972, he founded Cray Research and his first computer, the Cray-1 delivered in 1976, became an icon of the supercomputer age. Many other supercomputers followed and the company became known for selling the fastest commercially available computer at any given time.

Cray died in an automobile accident in 1996 and the company was sold to Silicon Graphics which later merged with Tera Computer Company in 2000. That same year, Tera re-named itself Cray, Inc.


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