IBM 7074 and then some: "Systems we love" conference
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Mon Jan 23 21:04:49 CST 2017
On 01/23/2017 05:45 PM, Jon Elson wrote:
> WOW!!!! That is QUITE amazing! And, I can't possibly imagine why
> anyone in their right mind would do this! Seems an emulator on a PC
> would be faster, and way more reliable, not to mention taking up MUCH
> less space, power and cooling. How reliable can a 60 year old
> machine possibly be? Where do you get parts? There have to be a
> whole lot of special parts that are deteriorating, like the plastic
> parts on the console. Even the PC boards (IBM SMS cards) are pretty
> fragile, easily damaged during rework, and some of them dissipate a
> lot of power, causing slow thermal degradation.
> Are we SURE this isn't a preview of the April 1st edition?
I wondered about this too. Even the USAF eventually replaced the 7080s
with S/370 running emulation. Keeping a 7074 running (if my memories of
keeping a 7094 going are accureate) would be quite some task.
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