A real CM-2
Great combination of a classic industrial design and Lego modelling skills!
I had some links about the CM-2 which I shared not too long ago over on diaspora (and bringing my posts from there over here, bit by bit, might not be a bad idea:
More images of the CM-2 can be seen on MOMA’s site about the CM-2 exhibit, which is a real chassis and real LEDs but no supercomputer within.
Here’s a video looking at the CM-2 external design at MOMA.
Here’s a nice close look at one of the many identical CPU boards - with 8 daughter boards, each with 64 CPUs and 2 FPUs:
And more detail on this site about the CM-2:
a theoretical maximum configuration would consist of 65536 1-bit CPUs(!). The advance on previous models was the provision of one #Weitek floating-point unit for every 32 1-bit CPUs, and an increase in memory capacity. This machine is equipped with 16,384 CPUs.
via this thread on mastodon
And @wazoox pointed us at some more info:
Danny Hillis tells the story of his life in this long sequence of videos (each from 2 to 4 minutes long). He gets to Thinking Machines around video 100 or so.
So, I need to urgently buy some black and red Lego, I think. Same principle probably could be applied to a CM-5 as well, though.