SEATTLE, Nov 24, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Global supercomputer
leader Cray Inc. (NasdaqNM:CRAY) today announced that Burton J. Smith,
Cray's chief scientist, was awarded the prestigious Seymour Cray
Computer Science and Engineering Award.
Established in 1998 by the IEEE Computer Society Board of
Governors, the Seymour Cray Award is given each year to recognize
innovative contributions to high-performance computing that best
exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by the late Seymour Cray,
widely considered "the father of the supercomputer." The award
includes a crystal model, certificate, and honorarium of $10,000. Dr.
Smith accepted the award at SC2003, the annual high-performance
computing conference, held this year in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Smith is specifically named for his "ingenious and sustained
contributions to designs and implementations at the frontier of high
performance computing and especially for his sustained championing of
the use of multithreading to enable parallel execution and overcome
latency and to achieve high performance in industrially significant
"It is a great honor to be recognized by my peers in the HPC
community," said Smith. "Innovation by many individuals and
organizations has enabled high-performance computing to make enormous
contributions to science, engineering, national security and the
quality of life. On behalf of Cray and all my friends in the HPC
community, I look forward to seeing the continued benefits that
innovative ideas will make possible."
Previous recipients of the Seymour Cray Award include John Cocke,
Glen Culler, John L. Hennessy, and Monty Denneau.
Dr. Burton Smith is one of the company's co-founders and has been
chief scientist and a director since 1988. He served as chairman from
1988 to June 1999. He is a recognized authority on high-performance
computer architecture and programming languages for parallel
computers. He is the principal architect of the Cray MTA-2(TM) system
and heads the Cascade program, Cray's DARPA-funded initiative to
develop a high-productivity supercomputer with sustained petaflops
speed. Smith was a fellow of the Supercomputing Research Center (now
Center for Computing Sciences), a division of the Institute for
Defense Analyses, from 1985 to 1988. He was honored in 1990 with the
Eckert-Mauchly Award given jointly by the Institute for Electrical and
Electronic Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, and
was elected a fellow of both organizations in 1994. In February 2003,
he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr.
Smith received S.M., E.E. and Sc.D. degrees from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
About Cray Inc.
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solutions for its customers' most challenging scientific and
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their respective owners.
SOURCE: Cray Inc.
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