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The CDC Cyber range of mainframe-class supercomputers were the primary products of Control Data Corporation (CDC) during the 1970s and 1980s. In their day, they were the computer architecture of choice for scientific and mathematically intensive computing. They were used for modeling fluid flow, material science stress analysis, electrochemical machining analysis, and other applications.


The Cyber line included five very different models of computer:
  • The 70 and 170 series based on the architecture of the CDC 6600 and CDC 7600
  • The 180 series developed by a team in Canada
  • The 200 series based on the CDC STAR-100
  • The Cyberplus or Advanced Flexible Processor (AFP)
  • The Cyber-18 minicomputer based on the CDC 1700

Primarily aimed at large office applications instead of the traditional supercomputer tasks, some of the Cyber machines nevertheless included basic vector instructions for added performance in "traditional" CDC roles.

Cyber 70 and 170 series

The Cyber 70 and 170 architectures were successors to the earlier CDC 6600 and CDC 7600 series and therefore shared almost all of the earlier architecture's characteristics. The Cyber-70 series was a minor upgrade from the earlier systems. The Cyber-170 series represented CDCs move from discrete......
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