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CDC 6600 (1964)

From the Computer History Museum's description:

"Designed by Seymour Cray, [the CDC 6600] executed about three million instructions per second and remained the fastest machine for five years, until Cray produced his next supercomputer, the 7600."

For more information, check out the Computer History Museum's description of this machine.

Photo credit: Jitze Couperus

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