Our Video Sunday feature continues with this rare footage of Seymour Cray giving a talk on the CRAY-1 supercomputer in 1976. Some people claim it took place at LANL, but he does say something about “across the Bay” so I believe this was shot at LLNL.
Some fun facts from commenter Dave Patterson:
- The CRAY-1 was 39 inches in diameter, just over 6 feet tall, and dissipated 100,000 watts using freon cooling.
- The talk is in December 1976, when Cray was 51 years old.
- The CRAY-1 was the sixth generation of computers that he designed.
I figure I timed my career just about right. By the time I run out of ideas, I’ll be approaching retirement. … I see at least three steps at, say, every four years that will produce a factor of four in speed. And I pretty much believe that.”
What I found fascinating was how this video provided a glimpse of the personality that launched the supercomputer industry. To learn more about the man, check out this Seymour Cray tribute video that I helped produce back in 1996.