High performance coprocessor boards of the 80s and 90s - was Re: SGI ONYX

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Wed Apr 20 22:27:20 CDT 2016

On 2016-04-20 11:10 PM, Josh Dersch wrote:
> ...
> Ok, this one's from the 70s, and it's a large, external unit rather than
> a single board, but I have a Floating Point Systems AP-120B, essentially
> an array processor for fast floating point operations. There's a bit of
> information here:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FPS_AP-120B

Impressive! I guess documentation would be quite a challenge.

It seems like the sort of thing you'd want to do ray tracing on in the 
TRON (1983) era. I wonder if there were CGI users of it.


> I'd love to get it running one of these days, just need +5V at 100A and
> a set of interface boards for a PDP-11...
> - Josh

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