[rescue] Wanted: VME Sparc, hopefully CM interface card!
peter at ashlyn.co.uk
Wed Sep 26 12:26:29 CDT 2018
Do you have any part numbers on that board that I can search for on the broker
site? The photo does not give any clear ones other than I suspect one for the
VME frame which may just be a Sun generic part?
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> On 26 Sep 2018, at 01:56, Mike Ross <tmfdmike at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm engaged in a project to restore two Connection Machine CM-2
> supercomputers to operational condition. They are, essentially,
> glorified coprocessors which do nothing without a front-end system to
> bring them up and operate them. There are a couple of options for
> this, but the best option by far is a Sun.
> The first thing I need is the special VME Connection Machine interface
> card. Can I ask anyone and everyone on this list, and everyone they
> may know who isn't on this list, to see if they have one - perhaps in
> an old server lurking in the corner, or gathering dust on the shelves
> of a collector or indeed a dealer? It could be used directly in a VME
> Sparc machine, or, I've heard from a couple of sites, it was sometimes
> used in a VME expansion chassis attached to an SBUS Sparc machine.
> There are photos of the card in the following tweet:
> This is pretty critical as there's only _one_ such card known to still
> exist in the world - the one in the above pics! I'm hoping to unearth
> another and this list is one of my best hopes. If all else fails, I
> will explore cloning or reverse-engineering the functionality of the
> The second thing I'll be looking for is a VME Sparc machine, or
> possibly an external VME box with VME-SBUS interface, to put it in. A
> 4/330 would be ideal; that's the machine the above-pictured card
> normally resides in. Does anyone have one they would be willing to
> part with?
> 'No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother.
> Not for millions, not for glory, not for fame.
> For one person, in the dark, where no one will ever know or see.'
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