VMS stability back in the day (was Re: NuTek Mac comes)
rlloken at telus.net
Sat Jul 16 23:06:01 CDT 2016
On Sun, 17 Jul 2016, steven at malikoff.com wrote:
> In the mid 80s our Uni teaching 11/780 running VMS would groan and creak
> under the strain of 50 students logged on. I was told that over at Sydney
> Uni, their 11/780s were running a very modded and tweaked Unix and could
> have a hundred or more students logged in on the one machine. Whether it
> was crashy or not, they got more bang-for-buck out of their VAXen.
You certainly got more bang when your disk crashed. I ran a VAX cluster
with 15 years with shadowed DSSI drives and never had a disk corruption, I
replaced members of shadow sets when they died but again I never had any
issues of corruption and data loss. Meanwhile I also lived with an array
of Ultrix boxes and SunOS boxes where I had to clean up disk corruptions
or do restores from tape onto new disks - usually in the middle of the
night. Your work is always done faster if you skip steps.
"System unstable, save often."
Richard Loken VE6BSV, Systems Programmer - VMS : "...underneath those
Athabasca University : tuques we wear, our
Athabasca, Alberta Canada : heads are naked!"
** rlloken at telus.net ** : - Arthur Black
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