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Scott Grabow collection of Cray Research records and personal papers

Identifier: CBI 245

Scope and Contents

Scott Grabow collection of Cray Research records and personal papers, includes manuals, user guides, technical training documents, manpages, posters, newsletters, and emails relating to Cray Inc. Additionally there are few posters and photographs of solar cars by the University of Minnesota.


  • 1975 - 2007


Biographical / Historical

In 1972 Seymour Cray founded Cray Research based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The first Cray-1 system was installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1976. To handle the heat from computers that worked at 60 megaflops with an 8 MB main memory, Cray used Freon to develop a refergeration system to cool them. In the 1990's Cray Research had most powerful supercomputers for production applications. By 1995 Cray had the first supercomputer to sustain 1 trillion taraflops (the Cray T3E-1200E). In February 1996 Cray Research merged with Silicon Graphics, Inc. In August 1999, SGI created a separate Cray Research business unit to focus on requirements of high-end supercomputing customers. Assets of this business unit were sold to Tera Computer Company in March 2000 and the company renamed itself, Cray, Inc.

Cray, Inc. (2018)


173 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuals and documents of Cray Reseach and their supercomputers.


This collection is arranged into two series. 1. Cray Research records and manuals, 1975-2007 2. University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project, 1993-1995

Ashley Skwiera
January 22, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Charles Babbage Institute Archives Collecting Area

Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55455