[ILUG] [OT] They don't make 'em like they used to...
kenn at linux.ie
Fri Jan 28 00:24:52 GMT 2000
From my recently-acquired VAX Architecture Reference Manual:
The VAX-11/780 computer, announced in 1978, was the first processor
of the VAX family. It is packaged in a cabinet 60 inches tall and
47 inches wide.
The VAX-11/782 computer system, announced in 1982, is a dual processor
VAX-11/780 with shared memory. The cabinets containing the processor,
I/O adapters, and shared memory are 60 inches tall and 190 inches wide.
_190_ inches??? Wow! That's almost 16 feet, about 5 meters. And
that doesn't include any storage devices such as tape and disk
The 780 was 47 inches wide, so 2 780s would be 94 inches wide.
So was the shared memory interconnect 96 inches wide? What _was_
it? A bit bucket brigade?
Still, these machines would splat a PC any day of the week (if
it fell on one, that is...)
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