RichA at livingcomputers.org
Wed Jan 31 20:25:55 CST 2018
From: Lars Brinkhoff
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:28 AM
> Al Kossow wrote:
>>> SUPERFOONLY DESIGNED 1968-71
>>> 10,000 TTL IC'S
>>> 3 MIPS
>> Was this ever built? 10K ICs would have been bigger than the Livermore S-1.
> This says the Superfoonly was designed. Doesn't say it was actually
> built. Triple-I funded the construction of the updated design, the F1.
> "The original superfoonly was designed at Stanford, on an ARPA
> contract, but Dave Poole, Phil Pettit, and Jack Holloway. There was
> also a fourth whose role (I think) was to build the CAD system which
> was used for the design. He later went to work for DEC. DEC took the
> foonly design and lobotomized it, which became the KL10. The other
> three came to Triple-I with a proposal to build an updated version of
> the original design (using ECL instead of TTL).
The fourth guy was Dick Helliwell, who was hired by DEC when they licensed SUDS
from SAIL. I met Dick when we both worked at XKL; he was the major part of the
effort to make SUDS run on the X Window System, on the KL-10 and later on the
Toad-1. I'm going to disagree with the history Al posted, because Dick himself
told me the story.
He also ported Perl 4 and the GNU utilities and Emacs to TOPS-20.
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