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CM-1/CM-2 "Feynman" T-shirts

Skip the lecture and Order T-shirts in the USA
SORRY, t-shirts currently unavailable in Europe, Spreadshirt broke their store system, I'm looking for alternatives!

 

CM-1 Logo design:

CM-1 logo

This is the t-shirt logo I designed in 1983, even before we had come up with the design for the CM-1 itself. In fact, we designed the CM-1 to look like this logo, thus making it the only supercomputer designed after a t-shirt!

The t-shirt became famous in the 1990s when Apple used a photo of Nobel physicist Richard Feynman wearing it in their "Think different" campaign. Read on to see why he wore it!
(See also Thunkos photo shoot!)

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Short explanation of the logo:

  • The geometric boxes and their 'hard' connections represent the 12-dimensional 'cube of cubes' that forms the internal hardware network connecting all processor chips with each other in a maximum of 12 steps. Feynman is the one who suggested this structure, and I played with the topology until I came up with this representation, which can be expanded for an infinite number of dimensions.

  • The pom-poms and their 'soft' connections represent the software data structures inside the machine, which need not follow the topology of the hardware network.

  • For the full story, read the chapter "Architecture of a new machine" in my article on designing the look of the Connection Machine!

Colors: There are many color schemes, but I consider the 'classic' CM-1 to be:

  • t-shirt: black like the machine itself
  • 12-dimensional cube of cubes: yellow-gold for the hardware network
  • 'pom-poms:' red like the blinking red processor status lights

 

 

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(SORRY - European website currently out of order! Spreadshirt broke their own store system, I am looking for a replacement print-on-demand online shop to replace Spreadshirt. Orders still possible via the USA shop.)