Artifact Details

Title

Cosmic Cube prototype

Catalog Number

102746959

Type

Physical object

Date

1983 ca.

Manufacturer

Caltech

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Other number NEWCP1 On label on white board

Dimensions

overall: 8 1/2 in x 14 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in

Description

Object consists of frame and 8 printed circuit boards.

Category

Digital computer/supercomputer

Curator Notes

The Cosmic Cube was a parallel supercomputer designed by Charles Seitz and Geoffrey Fox beginning in 1981 and is a landmark in computer design. Because it used off-the-shelf microprocessors, computers based on this approach provided excellent performance at modest cost. Parallel computers solve problems by breaking them down into smaller sections and assigning a processor to each section. The full Cosmic Cube used 64 nodes each centered around an Intel 8086 microprocessor and connected up to 6 other processors in a connection system known as a hypercube.

Credit

Gift of California Institute of Technology

Lot Number

X6281.2012