[rescue] SGI files Ch11 again, bought by Rackable for $25M

Brian Roth abacos_98 at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 1 12:25:28 CDT 2009

That exact router rack, the "Meta Router" or "Cray Router" early on is what I am on a quest to find. Lots of router boards but no complete racks. Must have been pretty cool being there during all the development work. I would have loved to see "Blue Mountain" at Los Alamos. Just what you described. Rows and rows of 9 rack units.

--- On Wed, 4/1/09, Robert Darlington <rdarlington at gmail.com> wrote:
From: Robert Darlington <rdarlington at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [rescue] SGI files Ch11 again, bought by Rackable for $25M
To: "The Rescue List" <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 1:18 PM

HIPPI was the world's first gigabit networking system.  Friends of mine
worked with SGI to develop it, got an R&D 100 award out of the deal etc.
Major breakthrough at the time (late 1990s I guess, before my time there).
When I came on, I was mostly handling software and OS stuff so I didn't
my hands inside the machines too often.  I do remember seeing the thick
cables though and having to work around them.  One "router rack" with
O2000 racks on each side with the heavy HIPPI cable interconnects.  So 9
racks total per row, times 48 rows deep.   LOTS of cable.

Later we experimented with the Origin 3200 line, testing R bricks (routers
for the ccNUMA interconnects) vs Myranet and such.   Good times.


On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:12 AM, <jodys at helluin.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 01, 2009 at 10:59:54AM -0600, Robert Darlington wrote:
> > We used HIPPI cables between the O2k's @ LANL.
> Was that for GSN or some other exotic network system?
> Jody
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