Tera Computer Company

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Tera Computer
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington
ProductsComputer software and hardware

The Tera Computer Company was a manufacturer of high-performance computing software and hardware, founded in 1987 in Washington, D.C. and moved 1988 to Seattle, Washington by James Rottsolk and Burton Smith.[1] The company's first supercomputer product, named MTA, featured interleaved multi-threading, i.e. a barrel processor. It also had no data cache, relying instead on switching between threads for latency tolerance, and used a deeply pipelined memory system to handle many simultaneous requests, with address randomization to avoid memory hot spots.[2]

Upon acquiring the Cray Research division of Silicon Graphics in 2000, the company was renamed to Cray Inc.[3]

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  1. ^ Cray Inc., History Archived 2014-07-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Multi-processor Performance on the Tera MTA". 1999. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22.
  3. ^ "Supercomputer maker to buy Cray, change name". cnet news. 2000.