The Connection Machine was a computer designed specially for research into simulating human intelligence and genetic programming. It was a massively parallel supercomputer with 65,536 processors, all wired in parallel in a hypercubic network. Built by Thinking Machines Corporation, it started from an idea by Danny Hillis while he was a graduate student at MIT. The machines , CM-1 and CM-2 were produced from 1983 to 1987.