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Volume 32, Number 7 -- July 1997

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NCAR's most durable supercomputer processed its last batch on 30 June. Nicknamed shavano, the CRAY Y-MP came to NCAR in 1990. The workhorse computer was honored with a farewell ceremony at the Mesa Lab just before SCD's Gene Schumacher (center, flanked by Cray Research's on-site engineer Jim Martinez and Sally Haerer) pulled the switch to bring shavano down once and for all. "I've been around NCAR for the installation of every major computer," said Gene before giving shavano the ultimate accolade: "It's been a good machine." SCD deputy director Pete Peterson asked, "I wonder if there's a Cray computer anywhere in the world that's put in as much work as shavano" (the machine handled 2,932 users between FY91 and FY97).

As the seconds to shutdown ticked down, Steve Emmerson played "Auld Lang Syne" on bagpipes in the machine room. Afterward, a festive crowd ate cake on the ML mezzanine and enjoyed ragtime numbers performed by Mary Haley (piano) and Becky Ruttenberg (violin). •BH

(Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

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Staff Notes Monthly is published by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, Colorado 80307-3000. UCAR operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research, UCAR Office of Programs, and Walter Orr Roberts Institute with support from the National Science Foundation and other sponsors.

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