[rescue] Convex supercomputer

Bob Keyes bob at sinister.com
Sat Nov 1 17:18:43 CST 2003

On Sat, 1 Nov 2003, Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez wrote:

> On Sat, 1 Nov 2003, Thomas Gallaway wrote:
> >
> > I just fell over this auction:
> > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?
> > ViewItem&category=1479&item=3056149673
> >
> > After googling around a bit it turns out to be a pa-risc box. I could
> > rescue it as it is
> > close to me but I have no place to put it. Also it is missing it's
> > drives. I wonder what
> > OS it runs. Maybe somebody else wants to rescue this?
> It runs SPP-UX which theoretically is binary compatible with HP-UX, this
> is bad news as that OS is pretty much unobtanium. It is a very very early
> SPP machine, and it runs PA-RISC 7100 processors, I think that frame is
> limited to a max of 8 processors, but the -2 seems to indicate it is a
> dual 7100 machine.

I remember seeing systems running ConvexOS  Unix.

Also, Linux has been ported to the PA-RISC chip, but they don't mention
the Convex hardware:


I feel the pain of not being able to have space; I've always wanted to
build a big wharehouse full of this old junk and have it running. I know a
place in Fall River Mass. where I could get 5000SF for $700, btu I can't even afford
that right now. Sigh.

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