Massively Parallel Processor (MPP) Documentation 1978-1986


Collection Item Summary:

This collection consists of two cubic feet of documentation (from 1978-1986) on the Massively Parallel Processor (MPP), including the following: Goodyear Aerospace Corporation reports, internal memorandums, project notes, correspondence, diagrams, a handwritten manuscript of a MPP manual, and progress reports.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aerospace engineering
  • Astronautics
  • Computer networks
  • Computers
  • Massively Parallel Processor (MPP)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Goodyear Aerospace Corporation

Physical description

1.8 cubic feet (5 letter boxes)


  • 1978
  • 1978-1986


The Massively Parallel Processor (MPP) is the 16,384-processor computer developed by Goodyear Aerospace for 1983 installation at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Earth and Space Data Computing Division (ESDCD) at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The MPP pioneered the linking together of a collection of computers to accomplish large tasks quickly via network. The MPP was retired from service with GSFC in 1991 and was donated to the National Air and Space Museum in 1995.

Cite as

Massively Parallel Processor (MPP) Documentation, Accession number 2006-0017, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Correspondence
  • Collection descriptions
  • Reports
  • Drawings
  • Manuscripts

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