[TUHS] Ken visits Cray Research Inc and finds old bug

Don Hopkins don at DonHopkins.com
Tue Nov 14 01:13:57 AEST 2017

I knew a guy who worked at one of the national labs that had its own Cray supercomputer, in a computer room with a big observation window that visitors could admire it through.

Just before a tour group came by, he hid inside the Cray, and waited for them to arrive. Then he casually strolled out from the Cray, pulling up the zipper of his jeans, with a relieved expression on his face.


> On 13 Nov 2017, at 15:14, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 09:10:43PM -0800, Ken Thompson via TUHS wrote:
>> 1. i visited eta (they were trying to make
>> a supercomputer - eta10 - that was supposed to
>> escape all the problems of software by porting
>> unix. i tested it and found a dozen bugs.
> Well that sucks, it would have been good to meet you.  I was there,
> unless it was fairly late in the cycle and it was when I was in Japan
> at TIT.  Do you remember when this was?
> If anyone cares, this is a pic of the people that did the Unix port
> (and SO's, it was some party).
> http://www.mcvoy.com/lm/photos/ancient/26.html

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