Model 7030 (“Stretch”) operator console

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Date Introduced
1961
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
Operator Console 48 3/4in x 58 1/4in x 30 1/2in
Manufacturer
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Credit Line
Gift of Brigham Young University
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
Los Alamos National Laboratory; IBM Project Stretch; IBM 7030 (Computer)
Object ID
XD250.81
Speed
714,000 add/s
Memory Type
Core
Memory Size
256KW
Memory Width
64-bit
Cost
$8,000,000

Stretch was among the first and most complex supercomputers, introducing dozens of groundbreaking hardware and software innovations. Los Alamos National Laboratory received the first Stretch in 1961 to design nuclear weapons. A complete Stretch occupied about 2,000 square feet.