[rescue] WTB: SGI (MIPS architecture) Systems

Mike Wilbora mike.wilbora at gmail.com
Sat May 22 21:49:51 CDT 2010

Hey, I am probably going to leave at like 8am tomorrow. Could I have
your phone number in case I get lost? Mine is XXX-XXX-XXXX.  That way I
can call you when I'm like an hour away or if I get lost :)


On Fri, May 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM, Ethan O'Toole <ethan at 757tech.net> wrote:
>> I doubt I'll ever have a setup capable of 220v/230a, although my lifelong
>> dream is to one day own a PDP-11. I do have a lot of space available
>> though
>> (my basement is empty and unfinished and my roommates aren't using
>> anything). I am as interested in the preservation of these types of
>> machines
>> as I am in using them. I am not sure if I could use it, but if its that or
>> he is going to throw it away, I'd definitely take it. (Provided it could
>> fit
>> in a 4Runner)
> Ah. Where I live the houses are not only overpriced in comparison to the
> market, but they are basementless, due to a high water table. The building
> live in has a basement, and it ended up with 2' of water in it after the
> last noreaster storm rolled through.
>> Being in the basement, I do have a dedicated 15amp 110v circuit. Honestly
>> this would be like exactly the type of thing I am looking for. In addition
>> to assembly programming, another of my interests is multithreaded
>> applications/distributed computing and things like MPI and PVM.
> Cool!
>> And frankly, the thought of being able to operate a relative
>> 'supercomputer'
>> and having access to it whenever I want makes me a bit giddy. :)
>> I appreciate anything you'd do for me, and I'd definitely drive down there
>> and buy you a beer/dinner.
> Sounds like a plan! I've got the Onyx, it should have at least 2GB of RAM,
> have drive sleds, 2nd complete video card set, quad R4400 200mhz cpu board
> (It should have R10Ks in it).
> I think I bought the Onyx from NASA for $666.66 and then ended up with lots
> of extra parts.
> I've given away two Challenge XL machines locally, and these things have a
> habit of coming back to me.
> The large SGI machines weigh very little compared to IBM (and Cray). They
> are probably the most friendly large boxes.
> When I had the Onyx up and running, it was plugged into a normal outlet in
> the living room. I just spread the dedicated 15 amp thing as a precaution.
> Heh:
> http://users.757.org/~telmnstr/pics55/housetour/Image06.jpg
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--Mike Wilbora

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