these RTL or what?

woodelf bfranchuk at
Sat Oct 6 21:09:27 CDT 2007

William Donzelli wrote:
>> SEVEN bit world.
> Explain? Parity does not count.

> The big reason IBM picked eight over six with the S/360 (and yes,
> there was a fight over this), was that in the big scheme of things,
> eight and four bit chunks are more memory efficient than six bit
> chunks.
What about IBM's 36 bit machines?
> Kind of really bad timing on DEC's part, setting up the whole 36 bit
> line just as IBM set up everything to 32. But then, they would not
> have known. Bad luck.
Dec started with 18's so 36 makes sence.
Still here is some thoughts on DEC's PDP-2.
> --
> Will
> .

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