vintage computers in active use
geneb at deltasoft.com
Thu May 26 21:14:27 CDT 2016
> I begged for it anyway, and was told that because it was part of an active
> program (testing for some fighter jet), it was still in use. When I
> suggested modernizing, I was told that changing the hardware would require
> *re-certifying the entire workflow*. In other words, it was far more
> economical to maintain a 70's era computer than spec, design, acquire/build
> and certify a new system.
Considering how military avionics systems work, this is entirely
plausible. Consider that up until (at least) 1998, the F-15C's tactical
electronic warfare system was run by a 6800B. The person I was discussing
this with had designed a replacement that operated around a SoS 80386 and
could run rings around what the 6800B system could do. His company
dropped the project because they couldn't afford the certification
process just to build a test model.
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