From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]


Cray computer for sale in San Francisco

Steve Steinberg (AKA Legion of Doomer “Frank Drake”) is selling a
magnificent Cray Y-MP EL98 shell with some of the internal components.
He’ll take the best offer over $400 from someone who has the
wherewithal to pick this monstrous beast up on Friday.

Steve was also the creator of WORM and Intertek, the seminal hacker
‘zines from which Wired borrowed several section ideas, including Hype
List and Reality Check.

Email your bid here: [at] craigslist [dot] org

From Steve’s Craigslist ad:

This is your chance to own a (very heavy) piece of supercomputing
history. The EL98 was Cray’s “low-cost” — mid six figures — line
extension to the very successful Y-MP. The exact provence of this unit
is unknown. (I purchased it four years ago from an Arizona warehouse;
the manager of which *thought* that the Cray came from Lawrence
Livermore. But given the repeated memory lapses he suffered from in
casual conversation, I don’t put a lot of stock in this recollection.)

This supercomputer does not currently work. While it has plenty of
internal wiring, power supplies, interconnects, and the like, it is
missing some key subsystems. However, the exterior is in good shape,
with the great big red power-on button on top, finger flip switches for
the different “capacitor banks”, and just some fairly minor cosmetic
blemishes. Included with the Cray is a new, custom, museum-quality
display stand, visible in the pictures below.

The Cray is heavy and bulky– upwards of 700 pounds. It is currently
located on the second floor of a downtown building with a freight
elevator and a roll-up garage door. You will need to have a truck, a
pallet jack or walker/stacker, and 3-4 guys to pick this up.

I need to sell this bit of memorabilia by the end of the week; I will
accept the highest offer I receive from someone with the appropriate
equipment and time on Friday to pick up the Cray by midnight Thursday.
Bidding starts at $400. Good luck.