kramlq wrote:Presumably you have tried Adrian Cockcroft, (...)
Hi. Yes I know he wrote the "Sun Performance Overview" (WhitePapers 90-93)
" and was involved in writing the book "Sun Performance and Tuning
" and maybe in the "SPARCstation 2 Performance Brief
" as well (?). - O.K. you got me: I put him on my shelve like a joker, to try the sources more near first in the chain of information.
What I read about him, he's now with Amazon.
kramlq wrote:It might also be worth contacting the people behind NetBSD/sparc. (...)
I didn't know, Good tip! Thanks. Where to get started for contacts? I'm not so familar with "mailing lists" - ok I'm not familar with "newsgroups (usenet news)" as well.
But it's never too late to start with it, isn't it?
kramlq wrote:OpenBSD might also be worth a try, but I presume miod would have joined in by now if they had a copy.
Or he don't need anymore or has no demand. Only miod
- But I can give it a try as well. But it's funny that you mention this because the programmer of TME inlcuded the SPARCstation 2 as machine emulator as well, not the SPARCstation 1 or 1+ where the documentation is easier to get. I will contact him as well.
kramlq wrote:The problem is that if it was only in hardcopy, most people probably dumped it eventually as this machine is just so old now. I guess the only hope is that somebody finds a copy they forgot they had. That's probably what happened with many BitSavers docs. I presume whoever had the SS1 Programmers Guide would have uploaded the SS2 docs if they had a copy.
I fully agree with you.
kramlq wrote:The brochures seem to be equally rare
Unfortunatelly and yes concerning brochures before the "Ultra" line.
Once I had the chance to visit the "Sun Performance Center" in Langen near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. They had a museum with tons of old hardware, software and documentation as well, including a fully functional SUN-1, still booting SunOS from a boot server over network. They published a CD-ROM known as the Sunopsis
which contains interesting information about all SUN systems until the E10k or Fire E25k, background information and screenshots of some brochures, including (incomplete) SPARCstation 2. It's in English and German languages. I meet the maintainer in person who built this stuff up over the years. He's now retired. Once I tried to get all scan for the older brochures from the maintainer of the museum in exchange for two Sun-4/260 VME boards I left to him for the museum, but he refused and I never came across why - cause of law ? I forgot to take shower one day before, mmm, no.
- BTW: now the museum is located in Sprendlingen (Dreieich) near Frankfurt/Main. But I have no idea what is missing, destroyed or lost now with the move to Oracle (Sprendlingen). - I have to spot out as well.