Who was this Famously Accomplished Computer Designer
1] Who is this most accomplished CPU designer,
2] How many computer firms did he take part in, ( and the cities where he did his work )
SPERRY /UNIVAC, CDC - Control Data, Cray Research and Cray Computer - 4, mostly minneapolis, Chippewa Falls WI, and Colorado Springs Colorado
3] What was he most famous for in a particular feature of his hallmark computer architecture, -
Vector Floating Point Arithmetic units - SIMD - Single Instruction Multiple Data (the basic element to early supercomputing)
4] What unusual method did he have of CPU design methodology, -
circuit designs were written up as boolean equations both for custom ICs and for each circuit card in the computer, and field engineers never had classic schematics - just pin assigments to the boolean logics descriptions of computer cards
5] What were the sad tragic circumstances of his unfortunate passing.
He was killed in a triple rollover of his Jeep Cherokee when hit by a drunk driver crossing headon into his lane in Colorado. The Jeep Cherokee he was driving had as standard for this vehicle no support for the roof that could sustain a rollover force (nor any custom rollbars). The roof was crushed and he sustained brain damage contributing to his death from the crash. Absolute tragedy of monumental proportions.
wendman cray supercomputer vector
simd nanotechnology nano nanotech computer+history