Dr Burton J. Smith, co-founder and chief scientific officer at Cray, has announced he is leaving the company and is going to work for Microsoft.
Although his new job role has not yet been announced he is likely to be working on cluster computer systems, those that use groups of relatively low powered processors to replace large supercomputers. Cray shares dropped sharply after the news was announced.
"I have truly enjoyed my long association with Cray and the opportunity to spend many years at the forefront of high performance computing," said Smith.
"Although I am excited to pursue a new and very different opportunity at Microsoft, I will miss being part of this talented team and I wish Cray continued success."
In 2003 Smith won the Seymour Cray Computing Engineering Award from the IEEE Computer Society and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
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