[rescue] DEC 5000?
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Thu Dec 13 11:49:41 CST 2001
On December 13, Mike Katchabaw wrote:
> Recently, our campus computing center's MASPAR box went belly up.
> It's a shame, because it was a nice box with 2K 386 processors in it
> -- a nice beast in its day. The power supply died, and the front end
> to talk with it was toasted. Consequently, the box is being
> decomissioned and our group has the chance to take what's left, if we
> want it. Apparently, getting the power supply fixed shouldn't be a
> problem, so it's a matter of finding a replacement front end.
> Sadly, no one we can find knows a whole lot about the front end, other
> than it was a DEC 5000. From what I can find, it's neither an Alpha
> nor a VAX, but rather some kind of MIPS RISC system. Is that correct?
> Apparently the backend would really like to have a DEC 5000 for its
> front end. We have all of the software and tape backups necessary to
> get this running and feed jobs to the backend. Would anyone know
> where we could find a DEC 5000 or parts for one? (I haven't
> personally seen the toasted front end yet, so I'm not quite sure what
> died on it either.)
First and foremost...GET the remains of the front-end system. I've
not done much with maspars, but I think there's an interface card in
the front-end system that's made of unobtainium.
The DEC 5000 (DECstation-5000) is a MIPS-based family of workstation.
There's the /100 and the /200 series, they use TurboChannel buses and
MIPS R3000 and R4000 processors. These are pre-Alpha machines.
I moved recently and gave most of my DECstation stuff to Linc
Fessenden, on this list. Maybe he can help you with a new machine to
build out into a front-end processor.
Definitely grab this hardware. It has big balls.
St. Petersburg, FL
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