CADR (was [rescue] Crays, etc._

Dave McGuire mcguire at
Tue Apr 27 12:22:09 CDT 2004

On Apr 27, 2004, at 10:51 AM, William Barnett-Lewis wrote:
> I wonder that too, but I don't have any experience using them. Is 
> there a good (and cheap/free) tutorial/beginner's kit out there 
> somewhere?

   Yes.  Go to and order an XSA50 ($150) or XSA100 
($250).  These are great boards, and their tutorials are good.  Then 
download WebPACK from Xilinx' web site (it is free), then you can get 

>  And while I have a copy of the LMI lisp sources, I'm not sure about 
> the microcode and that would be the killer... But that core logic in 
> FPGA with a modern disk controller, vga compatible video, ethernet and 
> perhaps USB for the keyboard/mouse? Yeah, that could be a whole heck 
> of allot of fun...

   Oh, it's a microcoded processor?  (I haven't looked at it)  That 
kinda kills the idea, unless we can get access to a functional one to 
snatch the microcode ROM contents.


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

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