After reading this question, I was wondering if anyone can identify the hardware that the grid was running on. It's obviously a Unix system, but beyond that, I'm not hip enough with late eighties hardware to know.

Is it an actual period machine, or is it just Hollywood prop magic?

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    Whatever it is, there's no record of it on Starring the Computer, a website devoted to computers in TV and movies. – thedaian Jan 17 '12 at 15:44
  • @thedaian - there goes my productivity for the day. – Chris B. Behrens Jan 17 '12 at 16:32

The screen details "SolarOS 4.0.1", "sun4m" and "i386" generated by the uname -a Unix command point to the computer being a Sun 386i, which is a workstation from the late 1980's. As you can see from these Google images the side cabinets in the movie are nothing like the real workstation, which in reality looked like any other beige mini-tower PC produced over the next decade. As far as I know there weren't any tabletop touchscreen displays back then either, but Flynn was rich so he could have rolled his own.

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