|(computer)||Illiac IV - One of the most infamous supercomputers ever. It
used early ideas on SIMD (single instruction stream,
multiple data streams). The project started in 1965, it used
64 processors and a 13MHz clock. In 1976 it ran its first
sucessfull application. It had 1MB memory (64x16KB).|
Its actual performance was 15 MFLOPS, it was estimated in initial predictions to be 1000 MFLOPS. It totally failed as a computer, only a quarter of the fully planned machine was ever built, costs escalated from the $8 million estimated in 1966 to $31 million by 1972, and the computer took three more years of enginering before it was operational.
The only good it did was to push research forward a bit, leading way for machines such as the Thinking Machines CM-1 and CM-2.