[rescue] Current collections...

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Mon Apr 5 18:12:04 CDT 2004

On Apr 5, 2004, at 6:35 PM, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>>   That said, there is also a piece of DEC equipment that I want.  I
>> want a PDP-8.  No suffix...a "straight 8".  Scarcer than hens' teeth,
>> yes...but I know there are people who have them, maybe even someone on
>> this list.  For a straight 8, I offer in trade a functional, bootable,
>> networkable Cray YMP-EL98 supercomputer with compilers.  Anyone?
> Damn.  Now I wish I had a PDP-8.  :)
> What do Crays run again?  UNICOS?

   Unicos.  It's a SystemV variant.  Earlier machines (like *old* 
machines that we're not likely to find...Cray-1, X/MP, etc) ran COS and 
a few others.  Most of those types of systems were used as 
back-ends...they didn't run interactive operating systems per se.  You 
ran jobs on the front-end machines (VAXen, DG, IBM mainframe, etc) and 
the back-end Cray would do the math.

   Unicos, however, is standalone and interactive.  You log into it like 
any other UNIX box.  It's kinda slow...until you run something that's 
vectorizable.  Then it'll make you wet your pants.


Dave McGuire          "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
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