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Actually, 1975.


"The Cray-1 was the first supercomputer to successfully implement the vector processor design. These systems improve the performance of math operations by arranging memory and registers to quickly perform a single operation on a large set of data."

I would say the ILLIAC IV would be a better approximation, but the point is the same: massively parallel computers have been with us for a very long time before the first GPU.

What nobody anticipated is that we'd be using stuff that was originally designed for games.

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