A12 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T SEYMOUR CRAY: 1925-1996 W1Z Head of Cray Research was fatally injured in a Sept. 22 three-car crash By The Associated Press IDENVER — Computer wizard Seymour Cray, who pioneered the us,e of transistors in; computers and later developed massive super- cdmputers to run business and government information networks, died Saturday at age 71. Cray died of complications from severe head Y BIRTHDAY Woman, 90, gives shoes for her birthday By The Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. — Sally Keith celebrated her 90th birthday by giving away a pair of athletic shoes for each decade of her life. "I said, 'I want some new shoes; mine are sort of beat up,'" she said. "But then I thought, 'I don't need any shoes, but I bet there are some kids who don't have any."' A school bus dropped nine Keeling Elementary School boys at a sporting goods store Friday. They spent the next half-hour picking their favorite footwear. "I have everything I want. Instead, I decided I wanted to have some fun. I'm celebrating this way," said Keith, who turns 90 this week. The boys, who gave Keith a card, balloons and a basket of flowers, were chosen by school officials because they had tattered or borrowed shoes. She asked each boy to print his name and age in her keepsake book, and when they were gone Keith went back into the store to pay the nearly $200 bill. and neck injuries suffered in a three-car traffic crash. His Jeep was hit by another car Sept. 22 and rolled three times. He took a turn for the worse Friday after being listed in critical condition earlier this week at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. Cray is credited with revolutionizing computer speed. "Cray's genius and singular drive have already marked indelibly the technology of this century," Business Week magazine wrote in 1990. In a world where time is measured in increments faster than the blink of an eye, Cray's benchmark achievements were accompanied by painful setbacks. Still, Cray spent 40 relentless years searching for a scientific Holy Grail, the world's fastest supercomputer. "He was a very centered, focused person," said John Rollwa- gen, who worked with Cray for 14 years at Cray Research Inc. For many years, Cray Research was the U.S. leader in supercomputers, multimillion-dollar machines used for sophisticated tasks like forecasting weather or building bombs. "There wouldn't really be a supercomputer industry as we know it except for Seymour Cray," said Larry Smarr, director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "I really think his achievement was the creation of computers that were essential for solving the nation's grand challenges." The end of the Cold War, however, diminished the demand for the massive machines. Also, advances in computer technology were allowing smaller computers to reach the processing speeds of supercomputers. That meant tough times for Cray. In 1995 he was forced to close the doors of his 6-year-old Cray Computer Corp. after the Cray-4, which cost about $360 million to build, failed to entice a single buyer. Undaunted, in August he opened SRC Computer Inc., a Colorado Springs-based company that employed five. The mission, simply, was to "build computers." Cray began his career at Control Data Corp. in the late 1950s, developing one of the first computers to use radio transistors instead of vacuum tubes, which weighed tons and sapped huge amounts of electricity. The transistors allowed for the miniaturization of components. "As long as you can make them smaller, you can make them faster," Cray once said. Cray also invented RISC, Reduced Instruction Set Computing, a technology that allows desktop computers to process tasks more quickly. 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