out-of-mainstream minis

Tony Aiuto tony.aiuto at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 11:43:14 CDT 2015

I've heard of that design too. It was back in the late 70'r or early 80's.
A quick search leads to Apollo, but I seem to recall others trying the
same. Onyx and Dual systems come to mind.

On Sat, Jul 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM, Mouse <mouse at rodents-montreal.org> wrote:

> > The problems revolve around the fact that instructions cannot be
> > properly restarted on the 68000.  Not enough context is saved.
> > [...]
> > (The tricks done by those who did fix this consists of having a
> > second processor which gets interrupted when you get a page fault,
> > and the second processor do all the work related to the page fault,
> > while the primary processor just stalls until the memory is
> > available, at which point it can continue. There is no limits to how
> > long the CPU can wait for memory to return data on a read.)
> I recall hearing of a company that build a machine with two 68000s, one
> running one instruction behind the other.  When the leading processor
> got a page fault, hardware interrupted the lagging processor (which had
> not yet encountered the faulting instruction) and there's a dance where
> the two processors switch roles, allowing useful page faults.
> Perhaps such a thing existed.  Perhaps my informant was misled - it
> sounds like a plausible corruption of what you describe.  Perhaps my
> own memory has bitrotted.  But it sounds to me as though it certainly
> _could_ work.
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