What struck me when reading it was that the Cray 1 that Seymor Cray designed alone in his cabin.. when it went for sale in 1977 for $7.9 million it was a 64-bit single core computer running at 80 Mhz, with 8 MB RAM. This computer could probably have run Quake! In 1977! At a respectable resolution/framerate! In 1977! :)
About 20 years ago I was helping a guy design a vector unit for a new CPU. As I was writing the simulations, I began to appreciate Cray's 70s era designs, and the stuff that we manage to stuff into a few square millimeters of silicon these days. The future is here.
Anyway, if you end up reading this: I really enjoyed so many of your dadhacker posts, years ago. Thanks.
I think he was greatly underrated and underappreciated by the larger culture. The man was an inventive genius, maybe even on the order of an Edison. Perhaps he was not as broad in his range of inventions as Edison, but his approach to building supercomputers probably included inventions and innovations in many areas.
I still usually think of him whenever I pass the on ramp on I-25 where he was killed. They have since revised that interchange to make it safer, too late for Mr. Cray, unfortunately.