Seattle supercomputer maker Cray loses veteran CTO

Steve Scott, who worked for Cray since 1992, most recently serving as senior vice president and chief technology officer, is leaving the Seattle supercomputer maker later this month for a job at an undisclosed company.

A SEC filing indicated that Scott would be taking a “senior position at a technology partner” of Cray, but it didn’t identify the company. Cray spokesman Nick Davis declined to disclose where Scott is headed, saying that they’d let the partner company make that announcement.

“Steve Scott made some significant contributions to our company and we greatly appreciate his service and leadership and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Davis, adding that a search has begun for his replacement.

At Cray, Scott was the chief architect of the Cray X1 scalable vector supercomputer and was instrumental in the design of the Cray XT, Cray XE and other systems. According to his bio, Scott holds 27 U.S. patents in the areas of interconnection networks, cache coherence, synchronization mechanisms and scalable parallel architectures. He earned a Ph.D. in computer architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Publicly-traded on the Nasdaq, Cray employs about 850 people worldwide. Its supercomputers are used by government agencies, corporations and research institutions to do complex modeling and analysis in the fields of pharmaceuticals, defense, automotive design and climate research.

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