Seymour Cray: The Father of World Supercomputer
History Research
Volume 7, Issue 1, June 2019, Pages: 1-6
Received: May 14, 2019; Accepted: Jun. 13, 2019; Published: Jun. 26, 2019
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Si Hongwei, Department of the History of Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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Seymour R. Cray was an American engineer and supercomputer developer who designed a series of the fastest computers in the world in 1960-1980s. The difference between Cray and most other corporate engineers is that he often won those business battles. His success was attributable to his existence in a postwar culture where engineers were valued. He was able to also part of an extraordinary industry where revolutionary developments were encouraged, and even necessary. Lastly Cray is recognized as "the father of world supercomputer". From the perspective of science and technology history, this paper describes the history of Cray and his development of supercomputer. It also sums up his innovative ideas and scientific spirit. It provides a reference for supercomputer enthusiasts and peers in the history of computer research.
Seymour R. Cray, Supercomputer, Science and Technology History
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Si Hongwei, Seymour Cray: The Father of World Supercomputer, History Research. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2019, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.history.20190701.11
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