Artifact Details


ILLIAC IV computer

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Still Image


Illinois, University of (Urbana-Champaign)

Identifying Numbers

Other number 1452


8 x 10 in.


Photographic print


This is a color image of the ILLIAC IV control unit and console. The console is on the left side of the image and has a keyboard and screen. The main computer is shown with the module boards vertically installed inside. Light is coming from the ceiling as well as from the direction of the camera. Written on verso side of image in pencil is "#1452". There is also a stamped Kodak logo on the verso side of image. Parallel Processing appeared in the huge ILLIAC IV, the first computer to abandon the classic one-step-at-a-time scheme of John von Neumann. ILLIAC IV had sixty-four processors, each with its own memory, all operating simultaneously on separate parts of one problem. Designed at the University of Illinois and built by Burroughs, the computer took six years to complete at a cost of $40 million. It was the fastest machine then in use, but ahead of its time. Plagued by technical ills and very difficult to program, ILLIAC IV was one of a kind.


Identification photograph; Publicity photograph


Illiac IV (Computer); Burroughs Corporation; Computers--History; Computer industry--History


Courtesy of Gwen Bell

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