Gould 32/77 (was: NWA auctions)
rickb at bensene.com
Thu Oct 13 11:01:09 CDT 2016
> I'm curious what the Systems 32/77 is..
>Wasn't Gould SEL? maybe an SEL system?
The 32/77-series was a 32-bit machine implemented in ECL, based on
earlier SEL designs, but is definitely Gould in design/manufacture.
Some of the machines in the series had a very powerful (for the time)
floating point unit (known as the IPU) that operated in tandem with the
main CPU that vastly increased the number-crunching power available
The machines were mainly intended for real-time control applications (as
used in the flight sim applications in the auction)
The machine ran a real-time executive called MPX-32.
More information: http://www.encore-support.com/htmls/32_77.htm
Years ago, I had some experience with these machines. They were quite
powerful for their time, and were also workhorses that just ran and ran.
Very robust design.
These are neat machines, and I hope that they end up in the hands of
someone that can care for them rather than ending up scrap.
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