ILLIAC IV designer Daniel Slotnick is born
12th November 1937
On 12th November 1937, mathematician, computer architect and ILLIAC IV designer Daniel Slotnick is born in New York, USA.
Slotnick was the chief architect of the ILLIAC IV supercomputer, a joint project between the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and the University of Illinois.
ILLIAC IV was the first massively parallel computer, using 64 processing elements and semiconductor memory to perform computations simultaneously. Delivered to NASA Ames Research Center in 1972, the machine could process 200 million instructions per second.