[rescue] pursuing a VAX

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Mon Dec 9 14:22:22 CST 2002

On Monday, December 9, 2002, at 10:23 AM, James wrote:
> I have found a VAX 6000/610 in a state of decommissioning at a 
> datacenter my company uses.  I believe it belongs to a large medical 
> group. To rescue this single cabinet unit I would have to dig deep to 
> find a responsible party. Before I do this I was wondering if anyone 
> could give me a rough description of this flavor of VAX and where it 
> fits on the VAX desirability scale. If I pass on it, it is located in 
> Medford, Massachusetts and I might be able to provide leads as to its 
> owners.

   Quite desirable, I'd say.

   It can take up to six processors, but it currently has one (the "1" 
in the model number indicates this).  32 VUPS/proc.  Peripherals are 
usually XMI-bus, but it could have a BI-bus cage as well.  They can be 
converted to ordinary 220V split phase power relatively easily, but are 
usually (always?) set up for three-phase power.  They don't actually 
pull all that much power at all, believe it or not...quite practical to 
run at home, despite assumptions to the contrary when considering their 
physical size.  A 6-proc VAX6000-6x0 is a force to be reckoned with 

   Good info can be found at http://www.stmarks.pp.catholic.edu.au/vax/.


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