PDP 11/23 PLUS system for sale
pkoning at equallogic.com
Wed Jun 15 15:02:43 CDT 2005
>>>>> "Allison" == Allison <ajp166 at bellatlantic.net> writes:
>>> From what I remember (very blurry now) DEQNAs were known to
>> data. That was very obvious on VAXclusters, which is why VMS
>> eventually took them off the supported device list permanently.
>> But it's an issue for any application (except, *maybe*, when
>> running TCP since the TCP layer checksum may help -- or may not,
>> it's not that strong...). That applies just as much for PDP11s.
Allison> No they _could_ corrupt data, not they did all the time.
Allison> The differnce was the error rate was not what DEC wanted for
Allison> transactions. The VAX people put pressure to not have to
Allison> test the data as LAVCs (Local Area VAX Clusters) were
Allison> popular to a point and required a very high level of data
Allison> (code!) integrety. The frequency of the failure was related
Allison> to the traffic level on the local loop.
"pressure not to have to test the data" -- hm. That's an interesting
way of looking at. The way I would look at it is that ALL DEC network
protocols put the responsibility for data integrity in the network
devices; NONE of them had upper layer checksums the way TCP does.
That's why DEC Ethernet bridges always had end to end CRC. And that's
why DEC insisted on 32 bit CRC for Ethernet -- 16 bit CRC isn't good
enough at those data rates. The expectation (and probably the
expressly stated requirement, though I don't remember for sure) is
that Ethernet NIC devices were required to deliver that level of data
integrity to the host.
So in fact the QNA was failing to deliver the data integrity that
everyone expect it to deliver. The VAXcluster people were the most
vocal and had the most pull, so they were the ones who actually had
the power to say "we will not accept that device". But plenty of
other people cheered when that happened. Certainly the network
architecture group, responsible for standards, did.
Allison> I was part of the uVAX side of things as the products I was
Allison> involved with (LPS40 and LPS20 network printers) used an
Allison> embedded microVAX and the LPS40 inparticular was a complete
Allison> BA23 sans disks and netbooted from host VAX. It was
Allison> "interesting" string of events. Such was the fun of being
I remember the LPS40. Nice machine.
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