rarest computers. was: RE: Xerox Alto Restoration + Emulation

From: Patrick Finnegan <pat_at_computer-refuge.org>
Date: Wed Aug 4 00:08:34 2004

On Tuesday 03 August 2004 20:40, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> > Some of my favorite "rarer" machines are my General Automation
> > SPC-16/40 and /45 (which are neither complete nor functional right
> > now ): It was a machine targeted where the Data General Nova was
> > targeted (a general purpose 16bit machine in the early 70s).
> Nice. You're the only one I know of that has these. I have some
> Naked Mini's and another model that escapes me currently.

Unfortunately, one of Purdue's custodial staff decided that the
frontpanel for the /45 which I placed between the trashbin and rack was
supposed to be thrown out. Argh! At least they're electically (and
physically) interchangable between the two models. Fabricating a new
one is somewhere on my to-do list, under getting my 11/750 up since
I've now got a RM03, checking out the Multimax (and getting pictures up
on my website), moving my webserver to a new box, so it can be a
bitsavers mirror, and unpacking from my move to a new house (paying
rent to a friend for sharing the space) that I finished moving over a
week ago.

> > Encore Multimax - a massively SMP UNIX box with NS32332s (or
> > 32232's?) that went up to 40 processors and 128MB of memory in the
> > late 80s, and ran a Mach-based Unix. I've not yet gotten that up
> > and running, but I've got install tapes and documentation for it
> > that the SPC-16s don't.
> Very nice!

:) Goes well with my(+friends) IBM SP, NCR Worldmark 5100 node (2
separate 32-Way Microchannel-architecture Pentium-PRO boxes in one
cabinet), and 16xR4400 and 8xR10k SGI Challenge XLs. None quite old
enough to be classic, but all quite interesting (massively MP)
machines. :)

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