EMC buys Data General

From: Ethan Dicks <ethan_dicks_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Aug 9 16:57:17 1999

--- allisonp_at_world.std.com wrote:
> > >Dhrystone clocks it at 1974 MIPS (aka 1.974 GIPS!) Truely it boggles the
> > >mind. I had to explain to our sysadmin how the uVAX 3900 sitting in my
> > >office was about the speed of a 386/25 and he nearly choked.
> > "There's more to computer performance than clock speed, folks."
> Bigtime!
> back when pc and Vaxen were being pitted, the 386/16 was on par with
> a Vax750 if it had the FPU chip. Otherwise the vax could out math it.

I always liked to see the looks on people's faces when I compared our
VAX-11/750 (0.6 VUPS) with the *integer* performance of a Sega Genesis
(8Mhz 68000). The reason we could support 20+ users on the VAX with 8Mb
of memory was a) the 32-bit channel to disk and b) DMA outbound serial I/O
(a wad of Emulex 16-port muxes). Of course, it was more fun to be the
only user, especially when playing "Empire".


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Received on Mon Aug 09 1999 - 16:57:17 BST

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