Discussion of large systems
wdonzelli at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 19:56:31 CST 2006
> It is MUCH worse for Burroughs and Univac. IBM was sold in such high numbers
> that the probability of some surviving was higher. Both Burroughs and Univac
> had an active "scorched earth" policies for systems in the field to keep
> them out of the hands of resellers. I don't know of any Burroughs 5xxx/6xxx
> systems or Univac 1100's that still exist.
I assume that B6800 in Autralia bit the dust six or seven years back.
> John's Univac III is about the biggest old Univac system that I know of.
Other than two or three 9300s, a 90/30, and a System/80 (all sort of
small machines), are there any other Univacs left? Unisys does not
count - but should.
> There is also a disproportionate number of large scientific computers that
> have survived vs business systems. There much fewer in CHM's collection.
While very nice that they are still around, they do not reflect the
true life and times of a real mainframe. Boring things like payroll
and check balancing, but magnitudes more important than number
crunching for the everyday man.
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