NCSA 30 | CONVEX C240 comes online
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CONVEX C240 comes online

CONVEX C240 comes online

The CONVEX C240 system—with 1 billion bytes of memory, and 50,000 calculations per second—came online in early 1991. The C240 formed the heart of NCSA’s Numerical Laboratory, a research and development environment for interactive, three-dimensional visualization.

In interactive visualization, the researcher sitting at a graphics workstation steers a supercomputer simulation and the accompanying visualization simultaneously in real time. The C240’s large memory made it an effective driver for this process.