Cray-1A

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Date Introduced
1976
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 76 in x 100 in x 100 in
Manufacturer
Cray Research, Inc.
Credit Line
Gift of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
Cray-1A; Cray Research, Inc. (CRI)
Object ID
X1553.98A
Speed
160 MFLOPS
Memory Type
Semiconductor
Memory Size
32 MB
Memory Width
64-bit
Cost
$6,000,000 to $10,000,000

For five years, this was the world’s fastest computer. Each Cray-1 was hand wired and took nearly a year to assemble. Its unique vector-processing design suited it to many critical computational problems, such as cryptography, bomb simulation, and aircraft design.