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by kramlq
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 930
Views: 33181

Re: your latest purchase

My most recent purchase is somewhat smaller than some of the other things in this thread. It was a hard-to-find auxiliary video board for my SparcStation 20. (Sun part 501-2488) Almost a year ago I was (finally!) able to score not one but two 8MB VSIMMs. Now that I have the AVB I can use both VSIMM...
by kramlq
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: Now the teachers of this college love vintage computers!
Replies: 9
Views: 845

Re: Now the teachers of this college love vintage computers!

Yup. And nobody should be allowed to graduate with a degree in development without having to develop a significant project on a machine with only a few megabytes of RAM... After years working with PCs/Workstations I worked on an Atmel AVR based smartcard with 8-bit registers/integer ops and only 1k...
by kramlq
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: HP(e) buys SGI for US$275MM
Replies: 124
Views: 7035

Re: HP(e) buys SGI for US$275MM

I think Tru64's fate is equivalent to IRIX fate True dat, they are both abandonware... :shock: If the Irix source code ever does become open source, it would require a monumental effort to port it to x86, I'm not sure our hearty band of merrymakers has the required motivation. It would probably be ...
by kramlq
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: For Swedish members, primarily
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: For Swedish members, primarily

If you're going there, head to Jensens Bofhus about 1 block away on Sergelgatan for some nice food. Its a Danish chain with very nice steaks.
by kramlq
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:27 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: A few questions about SGI hardware
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: A few questions about SGI hardware

Secondly, a 32 general register file means that stack frames during things like exception/interrupt handlers (and to a certain extent context switches) are larger, While this is totally true for context switches, it shouldn't be nearly as much of an issue for interrupt handlers - context switches h...
by kramlq
Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: A few questions about SGI hardware
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: A few questions about SGI hardware

That can make a difference in real world performance and overall speed/responsiveness. How about large register file (32 (64 bit) GPR vs. 8 (32 bit) GPR)? If I remember correctly it also give good impulse to overall speed. I've never really viewed it as a straight advantage for RISCs over X86. Firs...
by kramlq
Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: A few questions about SGI hardware
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: A few questions about SGI hardware

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by kramlq
Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:26 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Getting an Onyx2 - what to do with it
Replies: 22
Views: 881

Re: Getting an Onyx2 - what to do with it

Welcome. A seriously impressive hardware collection you've got there.

Are you the same Camiel that wrote the Alpha emulator a few years back?
by kramlq
Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:17 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: A few questions about SGI hardware
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: A few questions about SGI hardware

In addition to the points Trippynet made, the Octane CPU probably had 1Mb-2Mb L2 cache, whereas the Pentium Pro had 256Kb/512Kb or possibly the rarer 1Mb L2 cache. The MIPS also had features like a directly manageable TLB entries, address space identifiers, virtual cache indexing, free format TLB mi...
by kramlq
Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: hard mathematical problem in computer science
Replies: 5
Views: 455

Re: hard mathematical problem in computer science

@ivelegacy, I use read-zero. :-) Man, this makes NO else anymore. I didn't even start this thread! I read your "first" post twice trying to make sense of what exactly you were getting at, until I saw from follow ups that I was obviously missing a now-deleted piece of the puzzle :roll: It ...
by kramlq
Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:48 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Polling Card arrived today.. EU Referendum
Replies: 73
Views: 4154

Re: Polling Card arrived today.. EU Referendum

kramlq, what you've described is another example of what I meant about Britain leaving only being viable if reforms were undertaken in various economic, education and other systems. In theory Britain should and could operate just fine (with all the economic plus/minus issues dominating discourse, n...
by kramlq
Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Polling Card arrived today.. EU Referendum
Replies: 73
Views: 4154

Re: Polling Card arrived today.. EU Referendum

: Nope, that's just FUD. The UK is a huge export market for Europe, especially car makers. The idea that the EU as a whole would overnight just ignore the UK as an export market is not plausible ; Germany alone would scream loudly that such a situation would be intolerable (German car exports to th...
by kramlq
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:19 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Polling Card arrived today.. EU Referendum
Replies: 73
Views: 4154

Re: Polling Card arrived today.. EU Referendum

I don't actually see a large population of our country shooting off to live, work or study in Europe, yet we see the opposite wanting into Britain. So free travel is great, but the vast majority of British people just want to go on holiday which they have been doing on package holidays for the past...
by kramlq
Wed May 25, 2016 2:31 am
Forum: SGI: Discussion
Topic: TechPubs lives again!
Replies: 23
Views: 1803

Re: TechPubs lives again!

Amazing work, thanks!
And I quite like the website layout - its straightforward and fast - no waiting 10 seconds for a database query every time a link is clicked.
by kramlq
Mon May 23, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: [eBay] Integraph InterServe 200
Replies: 2
Views: 500

[eBay] Integraph InterServe 200

Its not an SGI, its not my auction, and I've nothing to do with the seller.... On eBay DE, there is what appears to be a Clipper based system for auction, with worldwide shipping. Fairly obscure and rare, and even if it didn't work, its probably of value to someone for spare parts. http://www.ebay.d...

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