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September 18, 2006 at 4:29 PM

Cool Cray event — in Mountain View, unfortunately

The Computer History Museum is hosting an interesting event Thursday night to mark the 30th anniversary of the first Cray supercomputer, the Cray 1 that was delivered to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1976.

A talk will cover the history of founder Seymour Cray, his company and the supercomputer.

Cray is now a Seattle company, but the talk is likely to focus on its pre-Seattle days. Cray merged with Silicon Graphics in 1996, then the SGI division merged with Seattle-based Tera Computer in 2000. Tera renamed itself Cray, and now Cray is Seattle’s most prominent manufacturer of computer hardware.

Moderating the talk will be Burton Smith, Tera’s founder and chief scientist until last year, when he became a technical fellow at Microsoft.

The museum is in Mountain View near Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus. If the Cray event is a hit, they ought to have an encore here in Seattle.

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