Artifact Details

Title

Cosmic Cube prototype

Catalog Number

102746959

Type

Physical object

Description

Object consists of frame and 8 printed circuit boards.

Date

1983 ca.

Manufacturer

Caltech

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Other number NEWCP1 On label on white board

Dimensions

overall: 8 1/2 in x 14 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in

Category

Digital computer/supercomputer

Curator Notes

The Cosmic Cube was a parallel supercomputer designed by Charles Seitz and Geoffrey Fox beginning in 1981 and is a landmark in computer design. Because it used off-the-shelf microprocessors, computers based on this approach provided excellent performance at modest cost. Parallel computers solve problems by breaking them down into smaller sections and assigning a processor to each section. The full Cosmic Cube used 64 nodes each centered around an Intel 8086 microprocessor and connected up to 6 other processors in a connection system known as a hypercube.

Credit

Gift of California Institute of Technology

Lot Number

X6281.2012