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Fifty years of Cray supercomputers April 2022

Fifty years of Cray supercomputers was celebrated with a virtual tour hosted by TNMOC in UK on 6th April 2022 This virtual talk will explored the physical and logical structure of Cray-1  SN34, peaking ‘under the covers’ of this remarkable machine. The talk also illuminates how these machines evolved and sample some of what was …

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Past, Present, Parallel : A survey of Available Parallel computing systems

Discovered this very interesting read published in 1991 by Arthur Trew and Greg Wilson at EPCC. Full Index pages and sample sections over on Google Books here.  Or just the header information and index in this document ppp_bookpdf Link to the publishers page for the book where samples and a full .PDF download version is …

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Supercomputers going cheep ( too cheep ? ) 1997

The end of the ’90s was tough few years for supercomputers. This article described the spat that broke out between Cray and NEC a Japanese firms that was accused of selling supercomputers at less than cost price. After the spat was settled Cray entered an agreement to resell NEC supers SX-5 & SX-6 into the …

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Florida State University replace ETA-10 with Cray YMP from 1991 by Jeff Bauer

Also seen at – http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/super-users-view.html A History of Supercomputing at Florida State University Jeff Bauer (Written in early 1991) As the result of an unsolicited proposal by the Florida State University (FSU) to the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), a collaborative agreement was initiated in late 1984 between the State of Florida, FSU, DOE …

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Delayed delivery obsoleted a Cray XMP-EA SN1205 before delivery.

This cautionary tale of how a USD10 million Cray machine was built but never delivered due to regulatory delay. Turns out it was not super-computers but more likely to be a rogue scientist that let the nuke secrets out the flask. From Wikipedia:  “In 2004, the Pakistani metallurgist Abdul Qadeer Khan, a key figure in …

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Encyclopedia of Parallel Computing (index)

Encyclopaedia of Parallel Computing David Padua – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana USA DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-09766-4 Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC2011 Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA Print ISBN 978-0-387-09844-9 Number Of Entries 796 This most excellent reference book is highly recommend to gain insight into the many aspects of parallel and high performance computing. Available in print …

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Frontiers of Supercomputing II

This interesting book of conference proceedings can be read online here:  https://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft0f59n73z;brand=ucpress Set in ’93 being 10 years after the first Frontiers conference the talks capture the key topics during the early stages of the massively parallel processing era. Articles by Les Davis and Bo Ewald and others. Frontiers of Supercomputing II A National Reassessment …

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Static can kill delicate electronics

Static can kill delicate electronics. From Cray Channels CC_V4_N4 “Cray Research’s new system test equipment focuses on quality.” The company’s newly-established in house system test facility includes a JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and a Tracor Northern Xray spectrum analyzer. The SEM and X-ray spectrum analyzer units together offer an extremely wide magnification range (10 to 180,000 times …

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Cray Floating point numbers

The representation of floating point numbers and the “accuracy”, repeatability and reversibility of arithmetic operations has long be a topic of discussion amongst Cray customer and scientific users. The Cray machines up to the C90 range used 64 bit Cray floating point arithmetic. When representing the long smooth curve of real numbers using digital bits …

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Les Davis

Lester ‘T’ Les David was a senior engineer at Cray Research. As an early employee he worked closely with Seymour Cray both at CDC and on the first Cray systems.  A much liked and effective character that was very diligent in completing and shipping working products to customers whist supporting other engineers. Read more in …

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Lists of Cray publications and Technical manuals

Lists of publications known to exist from CMU and other sources. 04_Hardware_Publications_By_Part_Number_ 05_Hardware_Publications_By_Hardware_Groups_Another_Version 06_Hardware_Publication_Bibliography 02_1972_to_1996_Cray_Research_Manual_List 02_1996_to_2000_Cray_Research_Manual_List_within_SGI List of technical manuals available in .pdf form – If the one you want is not linked under the machine page contact us for a copy. 004-2081-002-Scientific_libraries_Reference_Manual_Vol1.pdf 004-2151-002-Scientific_libraries_User_Guide.pdf 004-2178-002 Cray T3E C and C++ optimisation Guide.pdf 004-2179-005 Cray Standard …

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CASH-STARVED CRAY COMPUTER CLOSES, SEEKS CHAPTER 11 – March 27th 1995

The Following appeared as Article 9037 on HPC wire on 27th March 1995 recording the end of the Cray-3 project and Cray Computer Corporation. CASH-STARVED CRAY COMPUTER CLOSES, SEEKS CHAPTER 11 Mar. 27 NEWS FLASH by Norris Parker Smith, Editor at Large HPCwire ============================================================================= Why did Seymour Cray’s company, Cray Computer Corporation (CCC), descend into …

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The Supermen by Charles J. Murray

A great book about the early days ( up to 1995 ) Link on Amazon. “The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical wizards behind the supercomputer” The Supermen Book cover Cover Blerb After a rare speech at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, in 1976, programmers in the audience had suddenly …

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“Cray at Chippewa Falls” Photo Book by Lee Friedlander

This photo book is legendary amongst admirers of Cray Research and supercomputing manufacturing at Chippewa Falls. Containing black and white photos of Cray systems being assembled along side scenic views of the town of Chippewa falls. Only rarely available on Ebay along with other company memorabilia. Front page inscription reads “To celebrate and commemorate the …

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High Performance Computing Workshop “Performance Programming on the Cray YMP-EL” 

High Performance Computing Workshop Performance Programming on the Cray YMP-EL by Dr. Andrew J. Pounds High Performance Computing Group Georgia Institutute of Technology. Click link for .pdf High performance programmining on the Cray EL Vector_OCR  A great introduction into how to make your programs run fast on a Cray EL.  

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