Designer of Supercomputers Leaves Cray to Join MS

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Burton Smith, a longtime supercomputer designer and chief scientist at Cray, has resigned to take a position at Microsoft.

Mr. Smith was a founder of Tera Computer, which in 2000 acquired Cray Research from Silicon Graphics. The company, which was based in Seattle, was renamed Cray.

A Microsoft spokesman said Friday that Mr. Smith would work for Craig Mundie, one of Microsoft’s chief technology officers and formerly chief executive of Alliant Computer Systems, a maker of an early minisupercomputer.

Microsoft announced two weeks ago that it planned to introduce a new version of its Windows software for scientific and engineering users, and that Mr. Smith would be involved.

Source: NY Times


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