Artifact Details

Title

ILLIAC IV computer

Catalog Number

102651989

Type

Still Image

Publisher

Illinois, University of (Urbana-Champaign)

Identifying Numbers

Other number 1458d

Dimensions

8 x 10 in.

Format

Photographic print

Description

This is a black and white image of three men installing a chassis or module into the ILLIAC IV computer at The Computer Museum in Marlboro. Two of the men are kneeling down and the other is standing. All the men are facing away from the camera. Light is coming from the direction of the camera. Written on verso side of image is "#1458d". Parallel Processing appeared in the huge ILLIAC IV, the first computer to abandon the classic one-step-at-a-time scheme of John von Neumann. ILLIAC IV had sixty-four processors, each with its own memory, all operating simultaneously on separate parts of one problem. Designed at the University of Illinois and built by Burroughs, the computer took six years to complete at a cost of $40 million. It was the fastest machine then in use, but ahead of its time. Plagued by technical ills and very difficult to program, ILLIAC IV was one of a kind.

Category

Identification photograph; Publicity photograph

Subject

Illiac IV (Computer); Burroughs Corporation; Computers--History; Computer industry--History

Lot Number

X7413.2015