[rescue] Pixar Image Computer II on Ebay
jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Tue Sep 7 14:59:17 CDT 2004
On Tue, Sep 07, 2004 at 12:41:10PM -0700, Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez wrote:
> I don't know that much about the PIXAR hw, but I was under the impression
> that these were nothing more than a co-processor, all the I/O and general
> purpose stuff such as compiling and program setup had to be done through a
> host. I only read papers on the CHAP which are the guts of the system and
> they seem to be nothing more than a SIMD machine doing the gfx microcode.
> The few online references I have found state that the pixar is/was used as
> a co-processor:
> I am pretty clueless about the differences between the PIXAR I and II
> though so you may be correct.
The page you link to notes near the beginning that it is talking about
It talks about the machine running NeWS (I couldn't provide a source a t
the moment, but I thought the first machine didn't run that). It also
talks about having RAID. But, then near the end it does mention being
connected to a host.
There isn't much of substance on the www about those machines. There
are a few more bits and pieces to be found by searching google groups.
Overall, it is a sad state of affairs for such a once glorious machine.
Although, all it would take would be for one dedicated individual with a
scanner, web space, and time, to get lucky by finding a machine intact
with documentation, and an urge to document the machine for all to see.
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