VAX9000 (was: RE: kda50 manual and sdi cables & questions)
pkoning at equallogic.com
Sat Apr 30 15:50:15 CDT 2005
>>>>> "witchy" == witchy <witchy at binarydinosaurs.co.uk> writes:
>>> Do you have an idea how many VAX9000s were sold? I remember the
>>> mags of the day full of pictures of a thoughtful tech staring at
>>> one of the CPU modules, quite possibly thinking 'this costs
>>> WAAAAAY too much money' :)
>> I googled a while ago. People said that 454 were sold.
witchy> That's more than I expected actually. I wonder how many are
witchy> left......and how many ex digits have one in their garage :)
It's a nice powerful machine. One of its problems was that it was
originally planned as a water-cooled machine (code name "aquarius").
That ended up being impractical, so plan B was to do an air cooled
somewhat slowed down version (code name "aridus" :-) ).
So a bunch of the technology was done on the assumption that power
density could be very high and speed would be the maximum possible at
that time. Also, I think it was the only VAX ever shipped out of the
"large systems group" which used to be the PDP-10 group before the
last PDP-10 project got nuked halfway through its development.
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