It's saturday night and the mods are asleep, time to post photos of classic supercomputer boards.

the software in the NeXT made it a workstation, the hardware made it a PC, and the unit sales made it a supercomputer.

IBM 702 cordwood construction was super in its day

Speaking of IBM, the 7030 Stretch had an optional "Hand of God".

@th I just learned this morning that i860 and i960 are different CPUs :o!

@th never realized that the cmos battery in the NeXT was actually in a battery holder! that was pretty advanced for the time where hardly andybody cared for the time in 6+ years.

@adorfer it does make it super easy to remove when putting the system into storage

@th Partial disagreement. “The [NeXT| hardware made it a PC“? A PC with 16 RAM slots? DSP? SCSI onboard? Network onboard? For a PC in the late 80’s/early 90’s? That’s be atypical. The NeXT is a workstation. Although a bit weak on the integer performance.

@goetz the quote is just something I remember reading back in the day... maybe a PC isn't the right comparion, perhaps more like a high-end Mac: the SE30 in 1989 had the same 68030 CPU, 16 MB SIMM slots, SCSI, networking, and a few other super features.

@th actually, now that I look through my sauce-stained kitchen drawer of recipes, I find myself wondering what a modern kitchen computer might look like. Integrated scale, detachable cutting board, checklist...

@th nice way of phrasing it, but the hardware was more like other 'workstations' of it's time like the SparcStation 10 or some IRIX systems, not so much PC-like.

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