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Corestore Collection - Connection Machine CM-5

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. ...Nicholas Gessler has a couple of CM-2s. This appalling URL, which I have shortened, gives some good background on Connection Machines. The striking design of the Connection Machine was the work of the wonderful Tamiko Thiel A fascinating article chronically the rise & fall of Thinking Machine Corporation, the company that produced Connection Machines. The Computer History Museum have three Connection Machines... ...and a CM-5 starred in 'Jurassic Park'!