Cray aims for mainstream computing
For a company whose supercomputers can simulate the origin of the universe, making another big leap in computing technology takes time.
But after 12 years of development, Cray says it's introducing a new type of supercomputer that analyzes vast amounts of data simultaneously.
Seattle-based Cray is known for creating supercomputers that pack a lot of computational power and allow complex simulations useful for scientific research. This time, it is introducing technology that takes it in a new direction with more commercial applications, in fields such as business intelligence, bioinformatics and power-grid analysis.
For some fascinating insights into the history of Cray (the company and the person), check out "The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer". The book is a decade old, but it's still a very useful reality check.