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Big Ben Unveiled

On July 20, 2005, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center unveiled Big Ben — the world’s first Cray XT3.

PSC Press release: Pittsburgh Unveils Big Ben the Supercomputer at PSC, at Yahoo

Ribbon cutters

Cutting the ribbon for Big Ben (l to r): David Kiefer, senior VP, Cray Inc.; Sean Logan, Pennsylvania senator, 45th District; Dan Onorato, chief executive, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Peter A. Freeman, NSF assistant director for Computer & Information Science & Engineering; Jared L. Cohen, president, Carnegie Mellon University; Mark A. Nordenberg, chancellor, University of Pittsburgh; Bob Regola, Pennsylvania senator, 39th District; Arden Bement, director, National Science Foundation; Steve Tritch, president & CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company; Ralph Roskies, co-scientific director, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center; Mike Levine, co-scientific director, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

Big Ben in the press

Transcripts of speakers' remarks

  • Arden L. Bement, Jr, Director, National Science Foundation [Download PDF]
  • Jared L. Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon University [Read HTML]
  • Mark A. Nordenberg, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh [Read HTML]
  • Steve Tritch, president & CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company [Read HTML]


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