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The CM-5 represented a radical change of direction by Thinking Machines
- from the massively-parallel SIMD CM-1/2/200 to a combined SIMD/MIMD machine
using standard 32-bit CPUs (SPARC).
I don't have this CM-5... it had been stripped to the bare metal and all parts sent to another site which was still running a CM-5... I was offered the hulk but turned it down.
I'm really quite fond of the CM-5, and would very much like to add one to the collection. In the meantime, here are a couple of nice CM-5 pictures I've come across over the years...
Some geeks would want the t-shirt... ambitious geeks would want the CM-5... non-geeks would want the girl... I would want all three! ;-)
A nice collection of blinkenlights.
A very large CM-5 configuration. Data Vault on right, CM-2 in foreground.
There are very very few Connection Machines in any kind of museum - I believe CHAC has one, I have heard William Donzelli has one, that's about it.
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/geog/gessler/collections/ ...Nicholas Gessler has a couple of CM-2s.
http://tinyurl.com/kauy This appalling URL, which I have shortened, gives some good background on Connection Machines.
http://mission.base.com/tamiko/cm/ The striking design of the Connection Machine was the work of the wonderful Tamiko Thiel
http://www.inc.com/magazine/19950915/2622.html A fascinating article chronically the rise & fall of Thinking Machine Corporation, the company that produced Connection Machines.
http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/vs-cm-1-2-5.html The Computer History Museum have three Connection Machines...
http://g-lenerz.de/sgistuff/movies/jpark.html ...and a CM-5 starred in 'Jurassic Park'!