PDP-1 as minicomputer [was RE: OT - sort of]
RichA at vulcan.com
Tue Aug 17 20:12:42 CDT 2010
From: Dave McGuire
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 5:12 PM
> On 8/17/10 7:59 PM, William Donzelli wrote:
>> Compare apples to oranges - when the VAX-11 line was out, IBM had the
>> 4300 line. These machines were specifically designed not to require
>> operations staff, a big infrastructure, pure batch operation, and so
> Wow, was the 4300 series really intended to not need an operations
> staff? If so, they sure did miss the mark there.
> I worked for a company that had a 4341, and frequently visited four
> customer sites, with three 4341s and a 4381. (I worked in field service
> at the time, unfortunately not for IBM) I think the smallest operations
> staff for any of those intended-to-be-operations-staff-free machines was
> two employees.
Ahh, but Dave, the typical IBM mainframe shop required 8-12 operators.
>From that point of view, the 4300s were marvels of low operational staff.
At the University of Chicago, I was friends with the lead graduate student
on the STEM (Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope), the one that made
the IBM logo out of individual gold atoms. Their graphics processor was
a 4361--and they had no professional operations staff at all. The grad
students did the minimal amount to get it running, and that was all.
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