Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Fable: The Machine Which Was Proud Of Its Makers
There was once a computer company whose motto was: ‘We’re building a machine that will be proud of us’.
The machine was a supercomputer based on massively parallel processing.
Although the company was founded by an engineering genius, and received generous DARPA funding it had a severe disadvantage.
It was founded in 1982.
The advent of the IBM PC the year before showed that massively parallel processing could be achieved by stringing inexpensive, mass produced PCs together.
The company went bankrupt after 12 years.
Moral: Timeliness beats geniusTags: computer company, fable, genius, supercomputer, timeliness