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First Supercomputer Cray-1

First Supercomputer Cray-1

"There's something about the speed of light; It's just hard to get around." ~ Seymour Cray

This item includes a small section of an original Cray-1 Module Board. We also have an alternate version that includes an IC Chip (see details below).

LEAD WARNINGPCB Module board sections do contain lead as part of their manufacturing process. Module board sections should be handled with care and only while wearing gloves.

Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to


Seymour Cray was a legend in the world of early digital computers. He was also a veteran of past attempts to create large supercomputers: "If you work in a large corporation it is very hard to keep on one track for 4-5 years. So, I think that building large computers should be done with the fewest possible people. One is perfect, but it can't quite work with one. The next best thing is about 12."

Eschewing the methods of the past, Cray created a new kind of supercomputer company using just four main principles: simplicity, size, discipline, and cooling.

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