The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late.— Seymour Cray
The most grateful Seymour Cray quotes to discover and learn by heart
Interesting - I use a Mac to help me design the next Cray.
(when he was told that Apple Inc. had recently bought a Cray supercomputer to help them design the next Mac )
Anyone can build a fast CPU. The trick is to build a fast system.
#3 pencils and quadrille pads.(when asked what CAD tools he used to design the Cray I supercomputer )
I talk to myself through the computer.
I ask myself questions, leave things to be looked at again, things that you would do with a notepad. It turns out today that it’s much better today to do with a personal computer rather than a notepad.
Parity is for farmers.
If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use? Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?
I'm supposed to be a scientific person but I use intuition more than logic in making basic decisions.
#3 pencils and quadrille pads.
Farmers buy a lot of computers.
One of my guiding principles is don't do anything that other people are doing.
Always do something a little different if you can. The concept is that if you do it a little differently there is a greater potential for reward than if you the same thing that other people are doing. I think that this kind of goal for one's work, having obviously the maximum risk, would have the maximum reward no matter what the field may be.
Thank heaven for startups; without them we'd never have any advances.