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Loan pool

Loan Pool equipment arrived soon after the Transputer Initiative started. Allocations to users started in May 1987 and the early successful applicants received their allotted equipment by the middle of June. By July, 23 loans had been made. By October, the original set of equipment had all been loaned to 55 different applicants.

The pool of hardware and software available for use by members of the UK academic community was significantly upgraded in April 1990 following a £250k allocation by the Engineering Board.

Loans were made initially for a period of four months with an extension of up to eight months thereafter (one year total) being possible.

PC Plug-in boards

PC can be provided)

Inmos Ltd

Transtech Devices Ltd

3L Ltd

Distributed Software Ltd

Sun-based Systems

Sun itself not provided

Transtech Devices Ltd

Multicomputing System (4 Processors, each with 2MB with Fortran and C)

Meiko Ltd

MK200 (4 processors each with 2 MB) plus CSTOOLS

Inmos Ltd

The Transputer Initiative lasted until 31 March 1992. The total cost was £4M with £3M from SERC and DTI and £1M from industry.

Typical Transputer Board: space for 4 transputers

Typical Transputer Board: space for 4 transputers
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Typical QuintexTransputer Board: 4 transputers

Typical QuintexTransputer Board: 4 transputers
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Typical Transputer Board: 8 transputers

Typical Transputer Board: 8 transputers
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