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Sceptics are having to reconsider their positions one year after Thinking Machines Inc of Cambridge, Massachusetts launched its massively parallel Connection Machine, reports the New York Times: the paper reports that in addition to selling 10 of the $1m-plus 64-processor computers in Year One, the company is sitting on seven orders for the new version, which adds a mathematics co-processor to each CPU – and the Connection Machine has won a plaudit from a source that potentially makes the praise worth a fortune – Dr Gordon Bell, designer of the VAX-11 and keeper of DEC’s technical and engineering soul for nigh on 20 years, now at the US National Science Foundation describes the Connection Machine as an incredibly elegant way to build an incredibly fast computer.

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