[rescue] Convex SPP(3?) Worth Saving?

Geoff Koehler koehler at shaw.ca
Tue Jun 8 18:44:44 CDT 2004

Hi Al and all

Try a search for "convex exemplar".  I know almost nothing about them 
except they are HP-PARISC machines.  They ran a variant of HP-UX  vers 
10.2??? - I dont know how "available" the OS is.  I also heard 220 
3-phase power, but that could easily be wrong, too.  They look neat, 

Cheers, Geoff.

On Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at 05:05 PM, Corda Albert J DLVA wrote:

> Hey guys...
>      I have a line on a Convex machine. The current owner is a guy
> who attends Govt. auctions and buys bulk, then scraps out stuff for
> gold/parts/etc...  He calls me when he finds anything interesting, 
> so...
> He says this is a Convex SPP3.  (it's _heavy_... around 400 Lbs.)  I
> haven't seen it yet, so I don't know anything more right now. 
> Unfortunately,
> I have no knowledge of Convex stuff, and a web search turned up some
> Convex SPP stuff, but not much, and _nothing_ on an "SPP3". Can anyone
> enlighten me further? (Yep, I know it's an SMP architecture of some 
> sort,
> but little more than that).
> A couple of questions...
> Is this machine historically significant? (I.e. worth saving?)
> Does anyone know of a source for documentation? (I've done a prelim.
> web/newsgroup search, but haven't turned anything up)
> Does anyone have (or know where I can find) a copy of an OS for it
> (apparently it's a unix variant.  He told me that the disks were
> missing... not unusual for an auction item)
> 400 lbs is a bit large for me, but if there is a remote
> chance I can bring this critter back to life (and it's worth saving)
> it's probably worth the effort. I'll going to try to take a look
> at it and try to get some sort of model#/ident. Anything
> I shouldbe looking out for or wary of?
> -al-
> -acorda at 1bigred.com
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