CDC 6500

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CDC 6500
CDC 6500.jpg
Open panels of the CDC 6500 undergoing restoration at Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle.
Developer Seymour Cray
Manufacturer Control Data Corporation
Product family CDC 6000 series
Type Supercomputer
Release date 1967 (1967)
Introductory price $8 million ~ equivalent to $61,776,824 in 2016
Operating system SCOPE
CPU Dual 6400 up to 40MHz
Memory 65,000 60-bit words
Display DD60
Weight 10,000+ Lbs.
Predecessor IBM Stretch
Successor CDC 7600
Detailed image of the CDC 6500 at LCM+L.
Detailed image of the CDC 6500 at LCM+L.

The CDC 6500 is the third supercomputer in the 6000 series manufactured by the Control Data Corporation and designed by supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray.[1] The first 6500 was announced in 1964 and was delivered in 1967.[2] It is considered to be part of the first generation of supercomputers.[3]

Specifications[edit]

The 6500 features a dual CPU 6400.[4] It is a large-scale, solid state, general purpose digital computing system.[5] The 6500 features at least eleven different independent computers. ten of which are peripheral and control processors. Each of the independent computers have a separate memory and can run programs separately from each other and the central processor.[5] Instead of being air-cooled, it has a liquid refrigeration system and each of the three bays of the computer has its own cooling unit.[6]

Peripherals[edit]

  • CDC 6602/6612 Console Display
  • CDC 6603 Disk System
  • CDC 626 Magnetic Tape Transports
  • CDC6682/6683 Satellite Coupler
  • CDC 6681 Data Channel Converter[5]

Installations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CDC 6500". Living Computer Museum. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Control Data Corporation Collection - Historical Timeline". www.cbi.umn.edu. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Courier, Hayleigh Colombo Journal &. "Museum restoring Purdue's 1st supercomputer". Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "CDC 6500". IT History. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c 6400/6500/6600 Computer Systems Reference Manual (PDF). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Control Data Corporation. 1967. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Museum to Resurrect First-Gen Supercomputer". HPCwire. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "CDC 6500". 60bits.net. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "The 6400 is ugraded to a 6500 | CERN timelines". timeline.web.cern.ch. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Enterprise, I. D. G. (5 June 1978). "Computerworld". 12 (23). IDG Enterprise. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 

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