Gould 32/77 (was: NWA auctions)
derschjo at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 23:48:27 CDT 2016
On 10/13/16 8:34 PM, Bob Rosenbloom wrote:
> On 10/13/2016 9:01 AM, Rick Bensene wrote:
>>> 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.
>> Rick Bensene
>> The Old Calculator Museum
> Well... with a momentary lapse of reason, I bought the Gould / SEL
> system. It won't go to scrap.
> No idea how I'm going to get it, and what I'm going to do with it, but
> after reading about it last night,
> I thought it might be fun to play with. We'll see...
Very nice! Glad it's not going to scrappers, I was seriously debating
bidding on one of the two systems but I just don't have the room. I'd
love to see pictures of this thing once you manage to get it back to
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