[rescue] RE: SGI vs. Sun
Sheldon T. Hall
shel at tandem.artell.net
Thu Jan 13 16:22:53 CST 2005
Joshua Boyd writes ...
> On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 01:29:33PM -0800, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> > I think of the I^2 as a desktop with server capabilities,
> > and the SS20 as a
> > server with desktop capabilities. In those days, if you
> > wanted SMP and
> > major expandibility from SGI, I think the next step up from
> > an I^2 was a
> > Challenge L or Onyx. That's a big step.
> But a fun one I'd imagine.
I certainly enjoy my Tandem-badged, stylishly-all-black Challenge L. It has
_lots_ of expandibility, far beyond anything I expect to need. Subject to
OS limitations, you could have 8 CPUs and 4 GM RAM (or maybe 12 CPU and 2 GB
RAM), and more SCSI than you could afford to run. I think you can put an
IO4 board in each of the 5 or 6 VME slots, and each IO4 can handle 5 SCSI
chains (FW/HVD or F/SE) ... so, maybe 25 SCSI chains of 15 drives each.
Something like that. Of course, the Onyx version uses some of those slots
The bigger XL units are even more expandible.
> I really hope I can still find those bad boys once I get a home to put
> them in.
I expect they will be around.
Pick a spot in a cool climate with cheap electricity, and just let your Rack
Onyx heat the house.
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