NCSA 30 | 1992 April
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April 1992

NCSA’s CM-5 installed

A radical Thinking Machines Corporation (TMC) redesign, the CM-5 employed off-the-shelf SPARC processors with four 64-bit vector units added on. It was the first large scale "massively parallel" computing system to be employed by the National Science Foundation MetaCenter project and was one of the most popular systems for running some of most computationally intensive Grand Challenge computations. The CM-5 was a message-passing, distributed memory, massively...

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CONVEX C3880 enters production

NCSA users solved more complex problems with the arrival of a large-memory, eight-processor CONVEX C3880 supercomputer. Replacing the CONVEX C240, the CONVEX C3880 became the new center of NCSA's Numerical Laboratory, which explored interactive visualization, multimedia desktop video, and virtual reality. "We have cultivated a user base for very large memory applications on our Cray-2 supercomputer," said Michael Norman, NCSA research scientist in astronomy/astrophysics and Illinois...

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