SGI History Part 6 is done! This one covers the O3K, O300, Octane2, O2+, second gen Visual Workstation, and SGI 750.

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SGI History Part 6 is done! This one covers the O3K, O300, Octane2, O2+, second gen Visual Workstation, and SGI 750.

Unread postby Dodoid » Mon May 01, 2017 10:47 am



Here it is.
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Re: SGI History Part 6 is done! This one covers the O3K, O300, Octane2, O2+, second gen Visual Workstation, and SGI 750.

Unread postby Geoman » Tue May 02, 2017 4:30 am

They are getting better and better!

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Re: SGI History Part 6 is done! This one covers the O3K, O300, Octane2, O2+, second gen Visual Workstation, and SGI 750.

Unread postby spiroyster » Tue May 02, 2017 6:29 am

Damn, on at least two occasions in the past (10+ years ago), I have passed on obtaining an sgi 750. I didn't realise so few were actually shipped o.0

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Re: SGI History Part 6 is done! This one covers the O3K, O300, Octane2, O2+, second gen Visual Workstation, and SGI 750.

Unread postby Dodoid » Tue May 02, 2017 7:15 am

In the past, I think someone on this forum tried to find one and gave up when they realized the 750 was kind of terrible. That kind of makes me want one even more!
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Re: SGI History Part 6 is done! This one covers the O3K, O300, Octane2, O2+, second gen Visual Workstation, and SGI 750.

Unread postby johnnym » Wed May 03, 2017 4:00 am

I wonder when Silicon Graphics recognized that they had bet on the wrong horse with Itanium.
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Re: SGI History Part 6 is done! This one covers the O3K, O300, Octane2, O2+, second gen Visual Workstation, and SGI 750.

Unread postby Dodoid » Wed May 03, 2017 5:22 am

johnnym wrote:I wonder when Silicon Graphics recognized that they had bet on the wrong horse with Itanium.


Probably when the (x86 based) Altix XE came out.
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Re: SGI History Part 6 is done! This one covers the O3K, O300, Octane2, O2+, second gen Visual Workstation, and SGI 750.

Unread postby Trippynet » Wed May 03, 2017 5:44 am

I think SGI were quite stuck for a while to be honest. The Itanium announcement was simply made too soon, and SGI scaled back MIPS/IRIX development at the same time. This essentially left them with an aging platform that wasn't being properly developed, whilst the replacement one quickly went from being hyped as the future of computing to being late, slow and poorly accepted. But at this point, SGI were a bit stuck for options. Xeon was only 32bit don't forget at this time.

Of course, by the time Itanium did come along, SGI was busy scaling back on workstations and the likes and were mainly pushing supercomputers where Itanium still had some advantages. Plus even for a few years after Itanium came along, Intel still seemed focussed (publicly at least) on replacing x86 with Itanium - this is part of the reason why they didn't implement x86-64 until AMD forced their hand with the Opteron.

Ultimately though, there wasn't really a perfect solution. MIPS was expensive as SGI had to fund all the development, hence why Itanium seemed ideal when it was on the drawing board. Unfortunately by the time it became a real product, it simply didn't live up to the hype.
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