Computer History Museum Tour, September 01, 2010 The collection spans from the dawn of the computer to the advent of the PC. Here are top highlights from the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
ILLIAC IV, built by Burroughs Corporation at the University of Illinois, was one of the world's first parallel computers, designed to work on large data sets with as many as 256 processors (although only 64 were built). The $31 million device operated from the early '70s until the early '80s and is rumored to be the inspiration for HAL, the computer in "2001, A Space Odyssey." HAL cited its birthplace as being Champaign, Illinois (home of the University).