1960 - November: The PDP-1, the world's first small, interactive computer is delivered to Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN). From a technical bulletin on the PDP-1, dated March 1960: "...a compact, solid state general purpose computer with an internal instruction execution rate of 100,000 to 200,000 operations per second. PDP-1 is a single address, single construction, stored program machine with a word length of 18-bits operating in parallel on 1's complement binary numbers."
1991 - The NVAX incorporated the pipelined performance of the VAX 9000 and was the fastest CISC chip of its time. The VAX 6610 system (shown here) delivered 83 transactions per second, boasting better performance than RISC based systems from IBM or HP.