At first this did not cause too many changes at ERA, since the company was used primarily to provide engineering talent to support a variety of projects.

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In order to do this, he started an aggressive program of buying up various companies to round out CDC's peripheral lineup.

In general, they tried to offer a product to compete with any of IBM's, but running 10% faster and costing 10% less. One of its first peripherals was a tape transport, which led to some internal wrangling as the Peripherals Equipment Division attempted to find a reasonable way to charge other divisions of the company for supplying the devices.

Seymour Cray soon became the chief designer, though at the time of CDC's formation he was still in the process of completing a prototype for the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS), and he did not leave Sperry to join CDC until it was complete.

at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Since the Sperry "big company" mentality encroached on the decision-making powers of the ERA founders, they left Sperry to form the Control Data Corp.

in 1957, setting up shop in an old warehouse across the river from Sperry's St.Paul laboratory, in Minneapolis at 501 Park Avenue.Of the members forming CDC, William Norris was the unanimous choice to become the chief executive officer of the new company.Parker was obviously wary, but after several meetings with increasingly high-ranking Naval officers it became apparent that whatever it was, they were serious, and he eventually agreed to give this team a home in his military glider factory.Among these was the ERA Atlas, an early military stored program computer, the basis of the Univac 1101, which was followed by the 1102, and then the 36-bit ERA 1103 (UNIVAC 1103.Rand soon merged with Sperry Corporation to become Sperry Rand.