IBM 7074 and then some: "Systems we love" conference
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Mon Jan 23 14:25:06 CST 2017
> On Jan 23, 2017, at 2:16 PM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> wrote:
> On 01/23/2017 11:00 AM, Steven Maresca wrote:
>> Just wanted to share an excerpted story just sent to me by a
>> colleague, regarding an IBM 7074 supplying data to Java middleware,
>> ultimately feeding a modern webapp stack:
> The 7074 was referred to as a "supercomputer". Can any decimal machine
> really bear that title?
I suppose it could. I would apply the term to a computer that's the fastest out there by a fair margin, and uses innovative or distinctive bits of architecture to make it so. A CDC 6600 clearly qualifies on that basis, as do the Cray 1 and the ILLIAC IV. I've heard the IBM Stretch mentioned as well, I don't know it enough to comment. It seems hard to imagine that a decimal machine could overcome the inherent disadvantages of being decimal so successfully that it can reach supercomputer status, but in theory I suppose it might be possible.
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