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Thinking Machines Corporation


Thinking Machines Corporation was a supercomputer manufacturer and Artificial Intelligence company, founded in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1983 by Sheryl Handler and W. Daniel "Danny" Hillis to turn Hillis's doctoral work at MIT on massively parallel computing architectures into a commercial product known as the Connection Machine. The company moved in 1984 from Waltham to Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, close to the MIT AI Lab. Thinking machine made some of the most powerful supercomputers of the time, and by 1993 the four fastest computers in the world were Connection Machines. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1994; its hardware and parallel computing software divisions were eventually acquired by Sun Microsystems.