Thinking Machines CM-5 in Jurassic Park (1993)

The Connection Machine acts as the Park's Central Computer.

Importance: ****
The system has to be rebooted before that Park's security systems and phones will work.

Realism: ****
The lights flash just like they do normally, although it's hard to understand why a theme park needs a supercomputer..

Visibility: ***

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LJ

They would need it for DNA sequencing and protein folding etc as you can never have too much computing power when dealing with those type of problems. Though running the phones though the super computer would is not very realistic as there are special purpose PBX systems for those tasks that even back then.
2009-04-22 19:37


Declan Donohue

[Quote] The lights flash just like they do normally, although it's hard to understand why a theme park needs a supercomputer.. [Quote] The theme park needs a super computer because those supercomputers control the park's: CCTV, door locking, weather stations, phones, rides, fences and power
2009-04-26 07:04


DN

The thinking machines are only referenced twice in speech.. once by the welcome video and another time by dennis nedry when him and john hammond and are arguing over his salary lol!
2009-08-19 22:40


DN

The thinking machines are only referenced twice in speech.. once by the welcome video and another time by dennis nedry when him and john hammond and are arguing over his salary lol!
2010-03-22 08:27


Phill

I would like a supercomputer when I'm running a theme park of dinosaurs! :-)
2009-10-23 09:24


Tom

I know it's a plot device, but I can't imagine why you would have EVERYTHING, including the lights, electric fences, door locks, etc. run by a computer, not to mention a single computer. Especially when you're trying to keep man-eating dinosaurs contained!
2017-07-26 14:02


Steve

I don't remember where I heard it, but I remember hearing that the CM-5 was doing the rendering for the movie (the dinosaurs) while on the set at the same time.
2017-07-26 14:07


Sad

My video card has more processing power then this super computer did.
2010-10-03 22:12


qrios

As I remember there is a SPARCStation with an important role. The little girl is the only who can use it and she locks the doors. Simply by navigating thru the visual file system.
2012-10-18 13:04


James

Hi, qrios. If we're thinking of the same scene, that was an SGI system.
2012-10-18 13:06


Jhem

It's very understandable why they might have supercomputers..they would definitely use them for the DNA sequencing etc, and maybe once they upgrade, they retire the slightly older models to the control centre to use with fences, phones, vehicle control etc
2013-02-10 15:48


Bill

Protein folding needs a bit more than just a Macintosh Quadra 700. The CM-5 would have served a vital role for their development, and it replaced the then-dated Cray X-MP that was mentioned in the book
2013-04-22 18:04


Josh Malone

While a CM-5 would have been a suitable machine for the DNA work, I have it on good authority (from a former "Thunko") that what was used in Jurassic Park was only the decorative front panel of a CM-5. Also, Nedry's comment about networking multiple connection machines was inaccurate: these machines were designed to be linked (hence the name) and such talent was far from rare in the industry.
2013-12-12 08:07


CyrIng

Ok, your CPU & your GPU are faster than a CM, great. But, they will never be a dreaming machine.
2017-07-26 14:23


Adam

I believe it was actually the SGI machine on Nedry's desk that was running the park, and needed the reboot, not the CM-5s. I think the CM-5s were supposed to be dedicated to gene sequencing.
2015-01-08 01:08


Zeke

They needed the thinking machine cm-5 to process the DNA used to make the dinosaur
2016-05-26 13:52


Enrico Passoni

because the scientists need it for DNA sequencing
2017-04-08 22:41


cmc

This computer is explained a lot more in the book. It is actually an important plot point that drives part of the story.
2020-10-10 21:29