Supercomputer maker Cray Inc. said Burton Smith, chief scientist and one of its founders, has resigned to take on a new role at software giant Microsoft Corp. Smith also resigned his board seat at Seattle-based Cray and will leave the company on Dec. 7, according to an announcement.
His role at Redmond-based Microsoft wasn’t announced, though Smith hinted in a statement that it has little to do with high-performance computing.
“I have truly enjoyed my long association with Cray and the opportunity to spend many years at the forefront of high performance computing,” said Smith. “Although I am excited to pursue a new and very different opportunity at Microsoft, I will miss being part of this talented team and I wish Cray continued success.”
Update (12/09): Microsoft finally issued a press release:
Microsoft Corp. today announced that Burton J. Smith is joining the company as a technical fellow. Smith joins Microsoft as a proven leader in the computer industry, serving most recently as chief scientist and member of the board of directors for Cray Inc. Smith will focus on working with existing groups within Microsoft to help expand the company’s efforts in the areas of parallel and high-performance computing. He will report directly to Craig Mundie, chief technical officer and senior vice president for Advanced Strategies and Policy.