Joel Cyprus wiring a rack in the Control section of the R1 computer, Rice University
Joel Cyprus stretched out on the floor between two banks of the R1 Computer control section, housed in the Abercrombie Engineering Laboratory building at William M. Rice Institute. Cyprus is lying flat as he wires one of the computer racks. Various tools are on the floor near him, including several wire spools. He is wearing a short-sleeved white shirt and grey-colored pants. In the background can be seen an open supply cabinet, the shelves stacked with supplies. At the time of the photograph Cyprus was pursuing his undergraduate degree, and later earned both a Master’s and a Doctorate at the Institute/Rice University, before joining the faculty as a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. The photograph has some faint yellow discolorations in several places. Original resource is a black and white photograph.
In 1956, three Rice University faculty members, Zevi Salsburg, John Kilpatrick, and Larry Biedenharn, brought supercomputing to the school for the first time in the form of the R1 computer. While it wasn’t the first computer at Rice, it was the university’s first large computational research computer. At the time, the researchers couldn’t simply go out and purchase a mammoth supercomputer; they literally had to design and build the R1 themselves. The R1 took up a large amount of space on the second floor of the Abercrombie Engineering Building.
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