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CDC 7600 (1971)

From the Computer History Museum's description:

"About five times faster than the CDC 6600, scientific and government institutions primarily used both machines to execute large mathematical programs written in FORTRAN."

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

Photo credit: Jitze Couperus

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