Cray-2 CPU and cooling tower

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Date Introduced
1985
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 57 in x 58 in x 58 in
Manufacturer
Cray Research, Inc.
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Keywords
Fluorinert; Cray Research, Inc. (CRI); CRAY-2 (Computer)
Object ID
X1630.99
Speed
488 MFLOPS/CPU
Memory Size
512MW
Memory Width
64-bit
Cost
$12-20,000,00

The Cray-2's unusual cooling scheme immersed dense stacks of circuit boards in a special non-conductive liquid called Fluorinert™, which in turn was cooled in the tank at the right. This machine was used to simulate nuclear fusion.