Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cray Inc.

Remember Seymour Cray's company?

Still around.

This time Cray Inc. is switching to Intel from AMD.

For your convenience, Cray Inc. website; Cray Wiki entry; and Seymour Cray's Wiki entry.

Interesting quote from Seymour Cray regarding parallel computing:
"If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use: Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?"

I guess the 1024 chickens did a better job. Maybe Cray asked the wrong question of attaching one big plow to 1024 chickens instead of harnessing 1024 mini-plows to 1024 chickens.