[rescue] Cheapest Cray?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Apr 25 22:26:50 CDT 2004

On Apr 25, 2004, at 10:44 PM, Bill Bradford wrote:
> Say I want to restart my computer collection.
> Dave, what's the "cheapest, easiest, and smallest" Cray to obtain and
> run and muck about with at home?  EL98?

   Smallest...EL92 or EL94.  Total unobtainium.  I know of three in 
existence, and I have two of them.

   Cheapest, but [barely] practical at home...EL98.

   Quite practical at home, much more modern (faster, modern disks, 
etc), but a fair bit more expensive, J90 family.

   Any of them will require environmental considerations (good power, 
cooling, space, solid floor) but are fine at home.

   Operating systems for any of those systems are also unobtainium 
(without sending a five-digit check to Cray, that is), but that won't 
be a problem for you.

> I guess you could toss a CS6400 in there, but other than a few list 
> members
> here, they're unobtanium... 8-(

   They seem to come up on eBay a few times a year.  I don't really 
consider them to be "real" Crays, though.  That's not to say that I 
dislike them, or wouldn't love to have one, which I would..

> Also, we'd love to hear any Cray-related stories.

   I've got plenty.  Like what? ;)


Dave McGuire          "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
Cape Coral, FL          reboot and upgrade."    -Jonathan Patschke

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