Cray Supercomputer – Computing In The 80s

March 25th, 2009 § 5 Comments

Check out these pictures of an old-school supercomputer – this is the Cray X-MP 48, installed in the Chilton Computing Lab in 1986. This behemoth had 64 Mb of RAM and came with a free sofa.

cray x-mp 48

The snazzy seating area provided somewhere to sit, relax, chat with friends and compute things…

the first fully-integrated sofaputer

Is it me or does it feel like the Cray is watching you?


§ 5 Responses to Cray Supercomputer – Computing In The 80s

  • galooph says:

    The thing I like best about Seymour Cray is the fact that he enjoyed digging tunnels under his house. How cool is that!

  • admin says:

    What? Seriously? That is so cool 🙂 Did he dig them for a reason or did he just…um…like tunneling?

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  • Gr4yb3ard says:

    Hey folks.
    That sound is just Seymour. He’s living in our recycled AS400 right now, but we’re taking donations to buy an old XM-P as a more permanent home. Send a check now, and you will recieve a Norman Rockwell velvet print of Cray, Kernigan and Ritchie playing poker!

  • Littled says:

    Funny thing is that my boss just brought me a photo of the Cray and told me he wanted on to put in our break/meeting room. (also…I like digging tunnels for fun. Its good exersice and not as boring as lifting weights.)

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