[rescue] The best 'rescue' workstation

Andrew Weiss ajwdsp at cloud9.net
Sat Apr 23 15:46:43 CDT 2005

On Apr 23, 2005, at 12:24 PM, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> Back to the original question: A HP9000 B3600 or the like should be OK
> too. Its 550 MHz PA-RISC CPU is comparable in INT speed to a 1 GHz P 
> and to a 2 GHz P IV in FP performance. It has 4 or 5 independent 64 bit
> 33/66/100 MHz PCI host bridges for lots of IO bandwith and the raw
> memory bandwith is somthing like 2 GB/s. I saw such systems on ebay.de
> for a few 100,- EUR. Problem is the OS. HP-sUX or Linsux. IIRC PA-RISC
> Linux can use Matrox PCI cards...
Actually come to think of it... this would be the ideal workstation for 
this guy.  I have a B2000 that just rips.  It's way fast.  It's well 
supported in both Linux and HP-UX.  The graphics options that came with 
them are quite decent for base graphics... I think I have a Visualize 
FX4 or something.  Mine is a PA8500-4XX something (been a while since I 
fired her up).  I prefer running HP-UX 11i on mine since I bought a 
copy and also bought the C and C++ compilers too. (not full price).

They don't suck much power either... standard 400W PC power.

And they're pretty slate grey boxes.  I got mine for $200 at TCF last 
year from the Russian dudes.

I believe Mike N may have something along the same lines left, but 
failing that, I think they're fairly easy to get.


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