NCR Minis: Re: PeeCee clones; was:PCW's 25 worst tech products
pat at computer-refuge.org
Wed Jun 28 22:24:51 CDT 2006
On Wednesday 28 June 2006 22:11, Ken Seefried wrote:
> I spent some time with the NCR minis at AT&T and a soon to bankrupt major
> The premier box was the 3600, which was probably the box that the original
> poster described as "2 refrigerators", or some such...it was about that big
> or bigger. As I recall, it had up to 32 i486 processors (I vaugly recall a
> Pentium upgrade, and maybe a PPro one) and used some Teradata interconnect
> IP. They were touted as "data warehouse" boxes, and were usually used for
> some big DB app. Million dollar boxes. Ran pretty bog standard SVR4.
I've got a Worldmark 5100. huge-fridge sized chassis, two "nodes" in one
package, each has 32 processors, 4GB ram, and a pair of 8-slot microchannel
busses. I've got one "cabinet", with a maxed out processor/memory config in
my friend's garage.
> All of this stuff was superceeded by the Worldmark line, which was pretty
> much standard multiproc Intel stuff with an NCR badge.
The worldmark I've got ISNT at all standard. I'm not sure it'll run DOS, and
it definately won't run Windows. I booted Linux on it once, but it couldn't
see one of the (4-way) processor boards, or see more then one SCSI
controller. Later Worldmark systems may be more standard.
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