Announced January 15, 1962 and withdrawn July 14, 1969.
Built for large-scale scientific computing, the IBM 7094 Data Processing System featured outstanding price/performance and expanded computing power.
Compatible with the IBM 7090, the advanced solid-state IBM 7094 offered substantial increases in internal operating speeds and functional capacities to match growing scientific workloads in the 1960s. The powerful IBM 7094 had 1.4 to 2.4 times the internal processing speed, depending upon the individual application.
The 7094, combined with major input/output improvements through IBM 729 VI and IBM 7340 Hypertape units along with programming systems such as 7090/7094 FORTRAN, reduced job time significantly for users.
The IBM 7094 achieved expanded power through high-speed processing by providing its user with
- A basic machine operating cycle of 2 microseconds
- A new processing unit which had major speed effects on:
- Floating point operations fixed point multiply and divide operations
- Index transfer instructions
- Conditional transfer instructions
- Compare operations
- Two instructions per core storage cycle, substantially reducing instruction cycle time
New expanded functions provided with the IBM 7094 were: double-precision floating-point operations, seven index registers, and new index-complementing instructions.
The design of the IBM 7094 provided for easy conversion of the IBM 7090 data processing system to the 7094. The components and features necessary for conversion were the:
- IBM 7100 Central Processing Unit (model 2)
- IBM 7151 Console Control Unit (model 2)
- 7094 Feature (#7146) on the IBM 7606 Multiplexor
IBM customers could field convert their 7090 to a 7094 basic
system in 48 to 72 system hours for minimal interruption of
their activities. Existing 7090 programs using properly defined
instructions could be executed without change, at increasing
speeds, on the IBM 7094.