Computers and those professionals that keep, troubleshoot, program, administer, community, and build them are central to most each industry. The Control Data Corporation (CDC) 6600 performs as much as 3 million directions per second —3 times sooner than that of its closest competitor, the IBM 7030 supercomputer. The 6600 retained the excellence of being the fastest computer on the planet until surpassed by its successor, the CDC 7600, in 1968. A part of the pace came from the computer´s design, which used 10 small computers, known as peripheral processing items, to dump the workload from the central processor.