Seymour Cray

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I have made decisions that turned out to be wrong, and went back and did it another way, and still took less time than many who procrastinated over the original decision. Your brain is capable of handling 140, 000 million bits of information in one second, and if you take hours or days or weeks to reach a vital decision, you are short-circuiting your most valuable property.
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One of my guiding principles is don’t do anything that other people are doing. Always do something a little different if you can.

Seymour Roger Cray (28 September 19255 October 1996) was a U.S. electrical engineer and supercomputer architect who founded the company Cray Research.

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Video History interview (1995)

Interview witn David K. Allison for the Smithsonian Institution (9 May 1995)
  • One of my guiding principles is don’t do anything that other people are doing. Always do something a little different if you can. The concept is that if you do it a little differently there is a greater potential for reward than if you the same thing that other people are doing. I think that this kind of goal for one’s work, having obviously the maximum risk, would have the maximum reward no matter what the field may be.
  • I talk to myself through the computer. I ask myself questions, leave things to be looked at again, things that you would do with a notepad. It turns out today that it’s much better today to do with a personal computer rather than a notepad.

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  • Anyone can build a fast CPU. The trick is to build a fast system.
    • On the importance of memory, bandwidth and throughput.
  • I just bought a Mac to help me design the next Cray.
    • Comment on Apple's purchase of a Cray which was intended to help them design the next Mac.
  • If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use?... Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?
  • Memory is like an orgasm. It's a lot better if you don't have to fake it.
    • On virtual memory.
  • Parity is for farmers.
    • On why he left memory error-correcting code out of the CDC 6600.
  • I learned that a lot of farmers buy computers.
    • After he did include error-correcting code on the CDC 7600

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