William C. Blake named senior VP and CTO at Cray
William C. Blake has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) at Cray. With more than three decades of high-performance computing (HPC) and Big Data experience, Blake will be responsible for defining the integrated infrastructure that will drive Cray’s next generation of supercomputers and solutions.
Blake has served as a member of Cray’s Board of Directors since his appointment in June 2006. He will assume his new responsibilities as Cray’s senior vice president and CTO on 30 April and complete his term on Cray’s Board of Directors, which concludes at Cray’s annual meeting currently scheduled for 7 June 2012. Immediately prior to the commencement of the annual meeting, and in connection with the conclusion of Blake’s service as a director, the size of Cray’s Board of Directors will be reduced to seven directors. Blake will report directly to Cray’s president and CEO, Peter Ungaro.
Commenting on his new role, Blake said: ‘I am honored to join the world-class Cray team in the CTO role and therefore be in position to leverage my background in HPC, data warehousing and analytics, hardware and software as Cray continues to develop unique and differentiated platforms for the HPC and Big Data markets
‘Cray has a real passion for designing and building innovative supercomputing systems that give customers the resources they desperately need to tackle some of the most daunting computational challenges – whether they are scientific or analytic. It’s a passion I also share and I’m excited to now be intimately involved in the next challenge we ourselves face – driving towards exascale systems within the decade.’