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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 genius

Tags: computer company, fable, genius, supercomputer, timeliness

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4 Comments

  1. David Manners
    July 19, 2012 15:52

    In that case, well done, STEalthy Anon

  2. STEalthy Anon
    July 19, 2012 15:12

    I promise I did not see Mark’s response :-)
    Thinking Machines
    CM-1 had 65536 processors…

  3. David Manners
    July 19, 2012 14:30

    Absolutely, Mark

  4. Mark Inskip
    July 19, 2012 14:27

    TMC (Thinking Machines Corporation)

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