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Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby astouffer » Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:28 pm

Posting this for a friend of mine. Stop on by if you want to check out some "big iron".
Most of you have heard of the Large Scale Systems Museum, a public
museum in the Pittsburgh area that is focused on minicomputers,
mainframes, and supercomputers. LSSM opened its doors to the public
for the first time in October of 2015, coinciding with a city-wide
festival. We have been doing tours by appointment since then,
averaging 3-4 tours per month.

On April 30th, there will be another such festival here in town,
called "New Kensington Better Block". It's a large block party that
will encompass much of the downtown area. There will be more than
sixty street vendors offering food, handmade crafts from local
artists, and just about everything else you can think of. There will
be two stages' worth of live music, games, a beer garden featuring
great brews from the historic Penn Brewery, lots of kids' activities
like face-painting and caricature artists, drawings and raffles, the
grand openings of three new businesses, and lots of other great stuff.

Another star of the show, Pittsburgh-based C/PMuseum, as a guest of
LSSM, will also be returning to Better Block with a special exhibit
this time covering the history of the world's largest technology
company, Apple Computer. From the humble beginnings of two friends
named Steve, through today, Apple's 40th anniversary. See running
examples of the actual machines that launched Apple in the 1970s and
1980s. In addition, the gaming wing of C/PMuseum will feature a
display with running examples of game consoles from the earliest
generations through the most modern 3D immersive virtual reality.
Where else can you start out playing on a Magnavox Odyssey, and end up
inside the VR world of an HTC Vive? The C/PMuseum pop-up at New
Kensington Better Block, that's where!

The LSSM will be participating in that event just as we did last
October, by being open to the public all day. (I'm aware that this is
very short notice; for that I apologize) Many of the Very Large
Computers here will be running and demonstrated on a rotation
throughout the day.

Come and hack on DEC PDP-8, PDP-11, and VAX systems, IBM System/36s,
and everything in between. See Cray supercomputers, DECsystem-20s,
IBM System/370 and System/390 mainframes, and real rarities such as a
Symbolics Lisp Machine, and minicomputers from the 1960s such as an HP
2116B (one of their first!) and a Varian 620-L. See a Heath H-1, a
tube-based analog computer from 1956. See nearly all of the IBM
"midrange" line. See how SSP, the operating system from the IBM
System/36, can run in a virtual environment on an AS/400. See what an
800-pound hard drive looks like.

All are invited! The LSSM is located at 924 4th Avenue, New
Kensington, PA 15068, right in the middle of the block party area.
New Kensington is about ten minutes' drive from the Allegheny Valley
exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Exit 48. It's a very easy area to
reach, and there are a number of decent and inexpensive hotels nearby.

I hope you can make it. Once again I apologize for the short
notice. And of course if you cannot make it, feel free to contact the
LSSM via email to info at lssmuseum.org or on Facebook (search for "Large
Scale Systems Museum") to set up a visit at your leisure. You can
also see some photos of our first big public opening on that page.

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone whom you think
might be interested.

Thanks,
-Dave McGuire
President/Curator, LSSM
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Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby Vladio » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:08 am

Thanks for the post! I'm from the Pittsburgh area and will be getting back there within the next few months. I'll have to check this out.
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Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:54 am

Dave's a cool guy. Wish I were in this neck of the woods.
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Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby astouffer » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:58 pm

Reposting this for a friend. Some SGI exhibits include a Jurassic Classic Crimson and some large Onyx racks. Other systems from DEC, Cray, IBM, HP, and Sun are on display.

LSSM has been closed for renovations and expansion for the past several months; we've added nearly a thousand square feet of new exhibit space and many new exhibits.
On May 6th, there will be a large block party (actually, several
blocks) here in town, called "New Kensington Better Block", with street vendors and other standard block party fare. LSSM will be participating in that event with our post-renovation reopening; we will be open to the public all day with docents on duty. Many of our
systems will be running and demonstrated throughout the day.
In even bigger news, LSSM is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new wing, the Large Scale Integration Museum, or LSIM. As the name suggests, the LSIM wing is dedicated to computer systems based on Large Scale Integration CPUs, from the earliest four-bit 4004 processors through the desktop computer revolution of the 1970s and
1980s. Thanks to a partnership with Pennsylvania-based nonprofit organization Tristate Technology Museum Consortium, and a generous donation from the private collection of Corey Little and C/PMuseum, LSIM will add more than one hundred new exhibits in four thousand square feet of newly-renovated space located in the same building as the recently-expanded Large Scale Systems Museum.
Everyone is welcome. LSSM is located at 924 4th Avenue, New Kensington, PA 15068. For more information, directions, or hotel recommendations, contact the LSSM via email at info@lssmuseum.org or on Facebook (search for "Large Scale Systems Museum"). You can also see some photos of our facilities on the Facebook page.
Please feel free to forward this message to anyone whom you think might be interested.
Thanks,
-Matt Patoray
Lead Technician and Docent
Large Scale Systems Museum

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Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:20 pm

I'm going to be in Pittsburgh in July. Are there regular office hours, or do you need a prior appointment to gawk? The web site is "under construction" (and I don't do Faceblech).
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Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby astouffer » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:44 pm

It's open by appointment. Here are some photos from the grand opening in 2015 http://q7.neurotica.com/LSSM/

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Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby bifo » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:48 am

Just saw this come through
Most of you have heard of the Large Scale Systems Museum, a public
museum in the Pittsburgh area that is focused on minicomputers,
mainframes, and supercomputers. LSSM has been closed for renovations
and expansion for the past several months; we've added nearly a
thousand square feet of new exhibit space and many new exhibits.

On May 6th, there will be a large block party (actually, several
blocks) here in town, called "New Kensington Better Block", with
street vendors and other standard block party fare. LSSM will be
participating in that event with our post-renovation reopening; we
will be open to the public all day with docents on duty. Many of our
systems will be running and demonstrated throughout the day.

In even bigger news, LSSM is pleased to announce the opening of a
brand new wing, the Large Scale Integration Museum, or LSIM. As the
name suggests, the LSIM wing is dedicated to computer systems based on
Large Scale Integration CPUs, from the earliest four-bit 4004
processors through the desktop computer revolution of the 1970s and
1980s. Thanks to a partnership with Pennsylvania-based nonprofit
organization Tristate Technology Museum Consortium, and a generous
donation from the private collection of Corey Little and C/PMuseum,
LSIM will add more than one hundred new exhibits in four thousand
square feet of newly-renovated space located in the same building as
the recently-expanded Large Scale Systems Museum.

Everyone is welcome. LSSM is located at 924 4th Avenue, New
Kensington, PA 15068. For more information, directions, or hotel
recommendations, contact the LSSM via email at info@lssmuseum.org or
on Facebook (search for "Large Scale Systems Museum"). You can also
see some photos of our facilities on the Facebook page.

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone whom you think
might be interested.

Thanks,
-Dave McGuire
President/Curator, LSSM

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Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby bifo » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:49 am

oh haha, I just bumped the old thread as well. Wish I could go, I passed the word on to some friends in Pittsburgh as well.

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Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

Unread postby foetz » Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:53 pm

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