Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

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Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby Dodoid » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:08 am

This episode covers Richard Belluzo and Robert Bishop becoming CEO as well as the introduction of their x86 products and a lot of other things! Here's the link.

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Re: Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby johnnym » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:09 am

Nice one! Keep going. :) When will you show off your Indys and you Indigo²? :D
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Re: Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby Shiunbird » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:14 am

You nailed it! =)

That was very interesting and entertaining.
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Re: Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby Dodoid » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:14 am

johnnym wrote:Nice one! Keep going. :) When will you show off your Indys and you Indigo²? :D


Once I get the parts from Ian. The Indys have broken graphics cards (we think) and the Indigo2 has a hard drive but as far as I can tell the drive doesn't work. Same for the Fuel. It seems as if the previous owner of my SGIs (excluding the Fuel) mainly used the O2 and one of the Octanes, and left the other systems laying around long enough to develop problems without him knowing. No matter, they should work soon.
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Re: Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby johnnym » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:28 am

Dodoid wrote:Once I get the parts from Ian. The Indys have broken graphics cards (we think) and the Indigo2 has a hard drive but as far as I can tell the drive doesn't work.

It might also work to netboot the Indigo² from one of your working machines. I once netbooted my Octane with loader, kernel and FS served from my Octane 2. There is a guide available for diskless operation that describes things and I believe you need to have the ONC3/NFS disk but I don't remember for sure.
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Re: Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby computron » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:44 am

it's a good initiative, but too much generalist.... no tech details or arch analysis.

you totaly omit to talk about SGI history important part : gfx pipe history and evolution !!!!

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Re: Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby Trippynet » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:57 am

It is a fair point, as Belluzzo was also involved in another major shift of strategy during his time which mas often been credited as leading to SGIs downfall - he settled with Nvidia. It was the lawsuit SGI was widely expected to win, and could have meant a steady licensing revenue stream for SGI's graphics technologies. Instead, he basically gave free access to Nvidia for all of SGIs graphics technology, and SGI also handed over most of its graphics engineers to Nvidia as well. Long term, not exactly a smart move...
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Re: Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby Dodoid » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:37 pm

computron wrote:it's a good initiative, but too much generalist.... no tech details or arch analysis.

you totaly omit to talk about SGI history important part : gfx pipe history and evolution !!!!

Cheers

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As much as I would like to go further into depth, it simply isn't interesting to the majority of my audience. You must remember, I post these videos to Nekochan, but the majority of my viewers are just some random guy on YouTube who probably doesn't know much about SGIs or graphics tech. That's not to say nobody who watches my channel cares, it's just not most of them. The generalist approach, as you put it, is what most people new to SGIs want to see.
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Re: Part 5 of my History of SiliconGraphics series is done! Any thoughts?

Unread postby atxranchhand » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:29 am

I just signed up after finding this message board watching your videos. lots of nostalgia feels!
my only comment is to slow down a bit.... us old people can have a hard time keeping up with you ha!
I still have an octane and an o2 in storage, i'm contemplating digging them out. I owned 4 indigo 2 machines but sold them in the 90's and miss them :(

I would like to see a video going over the death of sgi on the desktop. it's a sad story for sgi but an important one. I switched from SGI to a desktop NT machine because a pc with a geforce that cost me a couple grand would destroy a $60,000 sgi box. I remember setting up a render farm of overclocked celerons that cost us about 5k that outperformed anything sgi could put out, unless you were talking about unlimited funds.
the late 90's where an amazing time for computer graphics where it seemed like every day brought some new bombshell in hardware/software and things were moving so fast it's no wonder sgi couldn't keep up.

keep up the good work on the videos!


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