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 Post subject: RS/6k hobbying
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:22 pm 
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Hi,

I stumbled across this site and see that there are some folks working with RS6ks for fun like myself. It always struck me as odd that these machines didn't get the cult following like old Sun/SGI/DEC gear did. Don't get me wrong, IBM iron isn't always the prettiest (I quite like the industrial design..) but POWER has pretty much lead the pack in performance since its inception. I guess AIX is the main oddity.. it never had the luster of IRIX.

Anyways, I currently have a 7006-41T, 7006-42T, 7012-397, and 7012-G40. The MCA machines are my favorite, since they are quirky and retro with an advanced but dead end bus technology. I used to have a sizable IBM PS/2 collection as well of about 12 model 9595s and a PC Server 720 (6xPentium 200Mhz, Corollary C-BUSII architecture, MCA/PCI bus expansion) but sold it to clear up space and time. The -397 is my favorite since the Power2SC CPU was quite a monster at introduction. This is the same chip that made up DeepBlue in an SP2 cluster. I believe these machines were also heavily used in the design of the Boeing 777 with CATIA. Somewhat ironically, mine is ex-Intel property.

I've dabbled with newer machines like the 7043-140 (43p) and 7044-140 (44p) but got rid of them due to space and time constraints as well.

If anyone is interested in porting NetBSD to these machines, or would like to collaborate compiling modern software for AIX 4.3.3 and 5.1 take a look at my site:

http://ps-2.kev009.com:8081/

Regards,
Kevin

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 Post subject: Re: RS/6k hobbying
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:39 pm 
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I run AIXen 4.3.2, 5.1 and 5.3 on 43P upwards. Having AIX running makes these boxes fun.

Otherwise they just become more commodity hardware. I've never had the desire to put NetBSD or similar on them. Perhaps life is too short. However I do run NetBSD as my network gateway on a neoware box, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: RS/6k hobbying
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:10 pm 
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I do agree that AIX makes them interesting, however having a supported OS is also appealing on some of my machines. Not to mention it is a nice challenge 8-).

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 Post subject: Re: RS/6k hobbying
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I've got AIX 1.3 running on a Lacuna 76i.

It's now got a MCA SCSI & ethernet and works well.

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