VAXstation 3100 history (Was ... different)

From: Zane H. Healy <>
Date: Wed Dec 1 15:37:55 1999

>Boy... lots of VAX stuff flying the past few days. I'm going to have to
>fire something up and remind myself why I don't use 1980-vintage hardware
>on a daily basis. It was fun, but *damn* it was slow. I got a lot of reading
>done back in those days... seven hour offline backups, five hour upgrades...
>oh, yeah... the "good" old days. ;-) At least the stuff stayed up for more

Remember the positive things you're saying are more about the OS, than
about the hardware. Although you still have to have stable hardware. Get
a modern Alpha, and you can have both OpenVMS and Speed. Of course I'm
wondering how fast a VAX in the 20-30 VUPs range feels compared to a slower
(ie affordable) Alpha.

>than ten minutes. Our record was 45 days between VAX reboots, but only
>we were developing software and would have periods of several reboots per day
>to clear device drivers. Since then, I've seen uptimes on the cluster at
>measured in months.

I've heard rumors of at least one cluster with an uptime measured in years.
Me, I'm only at 18 days, but then I just put the system into production,
and most of the time there is only one machine in the cluster (yeh, that
doens't make a lot of sense).

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Received on Wed Dec 01 1999 - 15:37:55 GMT

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