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Data General Eclipse S/230 in Tron (1982)

Flynn and Lora run straight past this machine inside the Encom building.

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Year of feature (shown above)


Just after they walk behind a Cray-1 (you can't see all of it, it's very close to the camera)
2010-03-22 21:06


A few moments later they walk past a PDP-10. If you look closely, you can see paper tape.
2009-05-20 19:25

Damion Hankejh

My father acquired one of these DG S/230's for his accounting firm when I was 12 -- and time shared it during off hours to smaller competitor accounting firms, which we now call "cloud services" ; )
2014-05-14 08:55

Stephen Salgaller

An actual LLNL CRAY-1 "super" Computer was featured as itself, as well as a "cameo" by using it to help render some of the animation for the 1982 movie TRON. Please add this advanced (for 1982) computer to your data base.
2016-05-03 13:14


I missed the Cray 1 the first time through, Stephen. It's on my to-do list to revisit it.
2016-05-03 13:15

Adam Sampson

This series of shots, from the descent down the staircase until it cuts back to the cubicles, are the machine room at LLNL's NMFECC (now NERSC). In addition to the Eclipse and Cray-1, you can see their CDC 7600, an impressive assortment of PDP-11s in racks, and their DICOMED film recorder (through the glass in the staircase shot). NMFECC also had a KI-10 but it doesn't appear to have made it into shot. There's a 1978 brochure for the facility here:
2019-05-04 14:45

Lars Brinkhoff

I have examined the NMFECC sequences frame by frame and I can't see that PDP-10 paper tape Dave mentioned. There should be a KI10 somewhere in those facilities, but maybe in another room.
2021-08-21 21:21