Discussion of large systems

Billy Pettit Billy.Pettit at wdc.com
Wed Nov 1 18:44:52 CST 2006

Chuck Guzis wrote:

Plowing through very short records (physical blocks) on an old drive 
makes all sorts of interesting noise, too as the drive stops and 
starts in the IRGs.  I remember running a particular COBOL acceptance 
test on CDC 607's that you could hear in the next county... 



It was wonderful wasn't it?  And on the batch programs, all the attached
tapes would rewind at the end of a job.  You could feel the noise with your
feet on the raised floor.

I think the ulitmate was one night at CERN.  Some jackass was playing and
rewound all 36 tape drives at the same time.  CERN was running the 1" 627's
at the time.  People went streaming out of the computer room.  The idiot was
banned from the 6600 permanently.


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