Hardest to Find Classic Computers (Was: RE: Way OT: Just

From: Eric Dittman <dittman_at_dittman.net>
Date: Mon Dec 17 05:08:35 2001

> > The commercial VAX simulator is extremely expensive, and the SIMH and TS10
> > aren't there yet. Even so, the keyword was "native". I don't want the
> > performance hit that comes with running an emulation.
> I agree that Charon-VAX is expensive but seeing how well SIMH has gone
> with the other emultations I would expect that it will provide a bootable
> VAX environment shortly.

Yes, it will provide a bootable VAX environment shortly, but as I said
it is still emulation.

> The problem with the Alphabook was that it's not exactly fast and
> the battery life is short. They are also hard to find and expensive
> should you find one. I suspect that a 1GHz laptop will run a VAX
> emulation faster than the Alphabook with better battery life too.

I'm guessing the Alphabook will still be faster than an emulated VAX
on a 1GHz laptop, since that will probably be about the equivalent
to a MV3600 (that's what the Charon emulator claims, IIRC). The
Alphabook was a bit faster.

Still, once the IPF port is done, we should be able to take any
standard IPF laptop and load OpenVMS IPF on it.
Eric Dittman
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Received on Mon Dec 17 2001 - 05:08:35 GMT

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