The Cray-1 was the fastest supercomputer in 1976. Today, even the iPad dwarfs its humble 133 megaflops and a fast PC can easily surpass 100 gigaflops. This Cray-1 replica houses two PCs, but it looks as good as the original:
Seymour Cray's big super computer was crazy. It's signals between components had to be timed by trimming long cables up to 1/16th of an inch at a time by hand and was basically interwoven with a giant refrigeration system.
We just got a nice look at the R680, the upcoming enthusiast graphics card from ATI that is, apparently, as fast as 1000 Cray-1s. We're not allowed to say exactly how fast that is, but maybe you want to hazard a guess. The details are all hush-hush but assume that what people have already written is more or less true,…