CM-1

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Date Introduced
1985
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 62 in x 58 in x 57 in
Manufacturer
Thinking Machines Corporation
Credit Line
Gift of Dow Jones & Company
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Keywords
Thinking Machines Corporation; Artificial intelligence; Minsky, Marvin; Hillis, Danny; CM-1
Object ID
X1124.93
Speed
2.5-10GFLOPS
Memory Size
4K/CPU
Memory Width
1-bit
Cost
$2,500,000 (64K CPU)

Danny Hillis co-founded Thinking Machines Corporation in 1982 to build massively parallel computers. Like the ILLIAC IV 15 years earlier, the CM-1 was a SIMD (single instruction, multiple data) supercomputer, useful only for certain problems. The company produced four more designs before declaring bankruptcy in 1994.