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ILLIAC IV Designer Slotnick is born

12th November 1937
ILLIAC IV Designer Slotnick is born

ILLIAC IV designer Dan Slotnick is born. The ILLIAC IV, a project of the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and the University of Illinois, was the first large-scale array computer to use semiconductor RAM memory.
When it first operated at NASA’s Ames Research Center in 1972, it could compute 200 million instructions per second. The speed of the parallel-processing computer was achieved by its architecture and the overlapping structure of its 64 processing elements.





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