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2014-01-17 02:26:47 PM  
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/computer scientist
 
2014-01-17 02:43:01 PM  
www.phodiction.com
 
2014-01-17 02:52:30 PM  
Cray was the king shiat back in the day. This story is geek heaven.
 
nrw
2014-01-17 03:03:20 PM  
It is great to read about and initially setup an emulator,  but it does get a little boring once it is setup when you quickly run out of things to do. I hope software comes up for it soon, or compilers would be nice also.
 
2014-01-17 03:58:04 PM  
This is sofa king cool.
 
2014-01-17 04:04:17 PM  
Ancient history is how far back?

Don't blink.
 
2014-01-17 04:15:17 PM  

Beerguy: [www.phodiction.com image 520x759]


media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com
 
2014-01-17 04:21:48 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Beerguy: [www.phodiction.com image 520x759]


Came for this.
 
2014-01-17 04:25:25 PM  

Beerguy: [www.phodiction.com image 520x759]

 
2014-01-17 04:25:31 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-17 04:28:42 PM  
Ummm.. They murdered one intentionally at GEAE in Cincy back in 96. Could that be the one you are looking for?

/Could not be removed in "working" condition, per contract... so the coolers were turned off and it was allowed to burn to death.

/Do neural nets scream?
 
2014-01-17 04:39:24 PM  
"Thanks for the compliment, but I'm hardly a Cray." - Crow
"Shut up." - Servo
 
2014-01-17 04:42:03 PM  
Compute so hard motherfarkers want to find me.  That shiat cray.  How much memory?  480K?
 
2014-01-17 04:45:48 PM  

Stile4aly: Compute so hard motherfarkers want to find me.  That shiat cray.  How much memory?  480K?


32MB at 80MHz amazingly, with true parallel processing. 'Clever' programmers could get up to 160 million operations per second. 

http://www.chrisfenton.com/homebrew-cray-1a/
 
2014-01-17 04:58:10 PM  

mediablitz: Cray was the king shiat back in the day. This story is geek heaven.


It's amazing to think that our smartphones now are rather more powerful (by a significant margin) than the old supercomputer-as-furniture Cray X-MPs.
 
2014-01-17 05:00:50 PM  
i think i might have that on some old floppies out back..
 
2014-01-17 05:28:28 PM  

akula: mediablitz: Cray was the king shiat back in the day. This story is geek heaven.

It's amazing to think that our smartphones now are rather more powerful (by a significant margin) than the old supercomputer-as-furniture Cray X-MPs.


Not to mention a display that would make a CAD engineer of the day jizz his pants.
 
2014-01-17 05:33:30 PM  

akula: mediablitz: Cray was the king shiat back in the day. This story is geek heaven.

It's amazing to think that our smartphones now are rather more powerful (by a significant margin) than the old supercomputer-as-furniture Cray X-MPs.


I must have let in a dozen flies into my mouth from gaping when I read that.
 
2014-01-17 05:36:45 PM  

dionysusaur: akula: mediablitz: Cray was the king shiat back in the day. This story is geek heaven.

It's amazing to think that our smartphones now are rather more powerful (by a significant margin) than the old supercomputer-as-furniture Cray X-MPs.

Not to mention a display that would make a CAD engineer of the day jizz his pants.


True. While people might complain about how computers don't seem to be advancing as fast as they used to, they don't recognize that lately most of the enhancements have been going into user interface improvements. The displays, interfaces, and even voice recognition are together making this massive amount of computing power accessible enough that even a young child can harness it.
 
2014-01-17 06:07:05 PM  
That shiat be me.
 
2014-01-17 07:29:49 PM  

Beerguy: [www.phodiction.com image 520x759]


imagizer.imageshack.us
 
2014-01-17 07:45:29 PM  

akula: mediablitz: Cray was the king shiat back in the day. This story is geek heaven.

It's amazing to think that our smartphones now are rather more powerful (by a significant margin) than the old supercomputer-as-furniture Cray X-MPs.


And yet it still takes my phone 5-8 seconds to become responsive again after switching between applications.
 
2014-01-17 07:59:19 PM  

DarthBart: And yet it still takes my phone 5-8 seconds to become responsive again after switching between applications.


You should've seen how long it took the Cray to do that.
 
2014-01-17 08:26:22 PM  
Cray computers are awesome. I got to see/sit on this one at the NSA museum a couple summers back:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-17 08:56:06 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Ummm.. They murdered one intentionally at GEAE in Cincy back in 96. Could that be the one you are looking for?

/Could not be removed in "working" condition, per contract... so the coolers were turned off and it was allowed to burn to death.

/Do neural nets scream?


You bet your ASCII they do.

encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

/Any place, any time I can shoehorn in a ReBoot reference, I have a happy
 
2014-01-17 08:58:41 PM  

acohn: akula: mediablitz: Cray was the king shiat back in the day. This story is geek heaven.

It's amazing to think that our smartphones now are rather more powerful (by a significant margin) than the old supercomputer-as-furniture Cray X-MPs.

I must have let in a dozen flies into my mouth from gaping when I read that.


I remember touring Cray in 1989 and watching a simulation of nuclear reactor running on an X-MP.  It was impressive at the time, the reactor could respond in real-time to changes made by the operator, but if you saw it today, it would be laughable because you'd expect more from a simple flash game today.
 
2014-01-17 09:05:15 PM  
Cool story, bro, but I was somewhat more impressed that the guy just whipped up a disk pack reader and A/D converter out of parts just lying around.
 
2014-01-17 10:19:00 PM  

buckler: Cool story, bro, but I was somewhat more impressed that the guy just whipped up a disk pack reader and A/D converter out of parts just lying around.


I agree. Making a wooden model and sticking a small computer in it is cool, but I know half a dozen people who could do that if they wanted. The functional disk pack reader is an entirely new level of clever.
 
2014-01-17 10:41:33 PM  

jwa007: This is sofa king cool.


3.bp.blogspot.com
media1.break.com
farm4.static.flickr.com
/Hot
/No, cool
 
2014-01-17 11:30:36 PM  
FTA:  When they finally are able to pair the OS with Fenton's desk model, it will be both novel and historical, as it will be the first working "Cray" in decades.

Doesn't say much for these guys:

www.cray.com

/Used to work from Cray as well as the short-lived Supercomputer Systems inc.
 
2014-01-17 11:51:07 PM  
He should get in touch with Nathan Myhrvold, as he's likely to have Cray software.  He's got a Cray-1 sitting in his living room, between the T Rex skeleton and the Babbage Difference Engine.

/pretty sure he's actually a super villain.
 
2014-01-18 01:28:14 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: /pretty sure he's actually a super villain.


Considering his current company does nothing but buy up patents and then try to sue people for infringement? You're not far off.
 
2014-01-18 01:57:17 AM  
Museum of Information Technology at Arlington in Texas used to be located at the Univ of Texas at Arlington, I looked at their website to see of they had moved, but it hasn't been updated since 2010.
 
2014-01-18 04:55:23 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Dwight_Yeast: /pretty sure he's actually a super villain.

Considering his current company does nothing but buy up patents and then try to sue people for infringement? You're not far off.


And publish books full of pots sliced in half while being used for cooking.
 
2014-01-18 08:49:36 AM  
Oh yeah I am building these guys to play mind games with each other.

Imagine the conversations they would have.

"Would you like to play a game Hal?"
"No, would you like to throw someone out of an airlock?"

www.imsai.net

static3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-01-18 05:13:00 PM  
One favorite movie scene of mine is in the background in the movie Remo Williams:The Adventure Begins.
This should be cira 1984, since the Statue of Liberty was shown wrapped in scaffolding.

As Remo goes in for his first "job interview", there is a server room in the background with Cray after Cray stretching off into the distance.

/remember kids:

i.imgur.com

DOESN'T


i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-18 06:57:08 PM  

I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: Cray computers are awesome. I got to see/sit on this one at the NSA museum a couple summers back:


A friend of mine collects Crays. He's got a couple of EL-90 series, a j90 or two, plus an SV-1.

They're fun to run, but the power bills are obnoxious.

/ported to apache to Unicos. Tricky because every data type reports sizeof() as 64 bits, even short ints.
 
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