[rescue] UnOracle patches for Solaris

Andrew Jones andrew at jones.ec
Thu May 20 15:21:25 CDT 2010

On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 04:19:05PM -0400, Dave Fischer wrote:
> andrew at jones.ec writes:
> >By the mid-90s, server revenue was more than 50% of SGI's business.  Their
> >knockout hits were the Challenge L and the Origin 2000.  The O2k in particular
> >was a full decade ahead of the state of the art, challenging supercomputer 
> >vendors head-on with a single system image running a standard UNIX.
> So the question is, coming out of the late-90s, why didn't SGI crush
> Sun in the high-end server niche?
> I think it was largely the popularity of Solaris versus IRIX.
> And some of that can be traced to Sun being hobbyist-friendly.
> (What was the price of an E10K versus a comperable Origin-2000?)

Strangely enough, the E10k arch was derived from Cray technology that SGI sold
to Sun. It was an outgrowth of the Cray4d stuff.  Gotta wonder how that deal
ever happened.

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