Connection machines were a line of parallel supercomputers built by Thinking Machines Corporation. Notably Stephen Wolfram and Richard Feynman were involved in the early years of the corporation.
Here are some delightfully academic and stiff Thinking Machines Corp. promo videos from Youtube. The first one features some great footage from a lattice gas automata fluid dynamics model (I can’t believe it took a person year for the LGA model, I put one together in a week or so on MATLAB. My ego is pleased.)
Ironically Thinking Machines Corp. went bankcrupt in 1994, when parallel computing is a hot commodity today in 2009.