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Time to generate an asymmetric key on a 6800 or 8086?

I have a historical question. PGP has been around since 1991-ish. At that time, there were still some 8086 kicking around. How long would it take generate a 1024 bit (or whatever the 1991 standard was)...
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How did the NSA use vector supercomputers?

In the 80s, the NSA was a major customer of supercomputers. https://www.nsa.gov/Portals/70/documents/news-features/declassified-documents/cryptologic-quarterly/NSA_and_the_Supercomputer.pdf discusses ...