Open panels of the CDC 6500 undergoing restoration at Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle.
|Manufacturer||Control Data Corporation|
|Product family||CDC 6000 series|
|Introductory price||$8 million ~ equivalent to $61,776,824 in 2016|
|CPU||Dual 6400 up to 40MHz|
|Memory||65,000 60-bit words|
The CDC 6500 is the third supercomputer in the 6000 series manufactured by the Control Data Corporation and designed by supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray. The first 6500 was announced in 1964 and was delivered in 1967. It is considered to be part of the first generation of supercomputers.
The 6500 features a dual CPU 6400. It is a large-scale, solid state, general purpose digital computing system. 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. 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.
- CDC 6602/6612 Console Display
- CDC 6603 Disk System
- CDC 626 Magnetic Tape Transports
- CDC6682/6683 Satellite Coupler
- CDC 6681 Data Channel Converter
- The running CDC 6500 at Living Computers: Museum + Labs was built in 1967 and used by Purdue University until 1989 when it was decommissioned. It was then given to the Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology before being purchased by Paul Allen for LCM+L.
- Michigan State University bought a 6500 in 1968, meant to replace its CDC 3600, and it was the only academic mainframe on campus.
- CERN upgraded from a CDC 6400 to a 6500 in April 1969.
- A CDC 6500 was housed in the technical lab at the Patrick Air Force Base in 1978.
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- 2016 GeekWire article Resurrected! Paul Allen's tech team brings 50-year-old supercomputer back from the dead
- 2013 GeekWire article on the restoration of a CDC 6500 at the LCM.
- Request a login to the working CDC 6500 at Living Computers: Museum + Labs, one of the computers online at Paul Allen's collection of timesharing and interactive computers.