BBN Butterfly

Jules Richardson jules.richardson99 at
Mon Apr 21 15:49:05 CDT 2008

Tom Uban wrote:
> Richard wrote:
>> In article <480C36A9.7080505 at>,
>>     Tom Uban <uban at>  writes:
>>> Back in the late '80s and early '90s, I worked for BBN Advanced 
>>> Computers Inc
>>> where we build a NUMA parallel processor called the Butterfly. [...]
>> Ah yes, I remember this machine!
>> Anyone got one in their collection?  ISTR it was quite popular for
>> people doing parallel processing research.
> Yes, I have both a 68k Butterfly and an 88k TC2000. I began the restoration
> of the 68k machine, but was thwarted by the lack of the multibus interface
> card.

Is there theoretically enough documentation left to build such a card? That 
would at least bring such a restoration into the realms of 'possible' (albeit 
a lot of work!)

m88k-based hardware really appeals, for some odd reason...



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