Friday, February 9, 2018

Cray XMP-24

A Cray XMP-24 Super Computer from 1983 to 1993. Back in 1987 this same model of computer leased from five years cost $8.2 million. The computers sold for $10.5 million along with eight DD-49 1.2 GB drives for an additional $1 million. See Wikipedia: Cray X-MP. An iPhone 8 plus can have 256 GB of storage and has 64 bit architecture and costs less than $900. The speed of this Cray computer was measured in MegaFlops or millions of operations per second. The new iMac Pro with 18 cores runs at from 9 to 18 TeraFlops. A fully configured iMac Pro costs about $14,000, a real deal if you compare it to the Cray.  Oh by the way, the fully configured iMac comes with 4 Terabytes of storage.

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