View Full Version : Cray T-94

October 21st, 2012, 07:05 AM
I found this old Cray T-94 on ebay for $12,650. Looks like a decent system but after talking to the owner it looks like its missing the memory boards and possibly more. I then inquired weather it had and disks and what the power requirements were. He said that he doesn't think that the system will ever run again.

After doing some research it looks like he may be right as parts for these rare machines are very hard to find and expensive. The price seems to be for all of the metals that could be sold for $$$$. It would be nice to get this system and get it running again.

Does anyone know what type of I/O or terminal connections these systems had?


October 21st, 2012, 08:02 AM
Right, so he gutted it of any items that would of made him more in scrap value. That's the second Cray this year I've seen that. I wouldn't pay more than $1000 for that system as it's just a very massive paperweight. I assure you that you will never find the missing parts and run the system again.

October 21st, 2012, 08:25 AM
What I've been told is the amount of money you would have to spend on coolant alone is way more than the auction asking price. It also seems to be missing the waterfall heat exchanger cabinet.

October 21st, 2012, 09:27 AM
The undoing of many of these old Crays was the gold content in the cards. Weŕe destroying history for its scrap value.

October 21st, 2012, 11:44 AM
That's a shame.

I did see a Cray J90 for $16K that was running but the seller was having trouble getting the kernel loaded.

October 21st, 2012, 11:48 AM
Not on e-bay anymore.

October 21st, 2012, 03:49 PM
Just noticed they guy seems to have a rather large assortment of cars.
How did a Cray end up in the hands of a hot rodder?

October 22nd, 2012, 03:39 PM
Such a shame, it would be nice if people started caring about history rather than greed.... But then again thanks to the nature of society I don't think that will ever happen. :(

October 22nd, 2012, 05:32 PM
If you can't outbid a scrapper for it then it isn't that important to preserve. The space, weight and power requirements keep things this size or larger out of most home collections. With gold at $1700+ an ounce anything with sizable gold content isn't going to be hauled off for free (unlike old mainframes people snagged that used to be considered worthless at one time). It's not that people don't care about history, it's just that people would rather somebody else pay to preserve it and store it.

October 22nd, 2012, 07:15 PM
Just noticed they guy seems to have a rather large assortment of cars.
How did a Cray end up in the hands of a hot rodder?

More like an Indy care engine design shop. Big iron (for CAD and design) was not unsual in those.

October 22nd, 2012, 08:47 PM
I don't think a T94 was being used to design cars. That is the epitome of overkill.

October 23rd, 2012, 03:34 AM
As much as I would like to purchase this system I'm not paying $12K for it.

October 23rd, 2012, 03:36 AM
As much as I would like to get this machine I'm not paying $12K for something that just sits there and does nothing.

November 19th, 2012, 05:08 AM
Looks like the system has been re-listed but still at a crazy price for a system missing parts.