Subject: Re: OffTopic: Intel's dependent on the Alpha chip...
To: Herb Peyerl <>
From: Brian Hechinger <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 11/01/2001 13:56:02
On Thu, Nov 01, 2001 at 11:56:55AM -0700, Herb Peyerl wrote:
> Guess you weren't running UCX then.

nope.  pure DECnet.  the pair of 6000 boxes were interconnected with CI and had
a big HSC sitting in between them.  gazoodles of storage, don't remember how
much though (remember, i'm a solaris admin by trade, so i only get to play with
toys like that at home, never at work)

all the CAD stations in the building were originally VAXstation 4000 desktops
that satellite booted off of ethernet and got everything from the cluster with
the exception of page and swap which was done on two local drives.  these
machines were eventually upgraded to DEC 3000 class machines (300LX and 700 for
the most part, that's where i got mine from) but with the same setup, page and
swap local, satellite boot from the 6000/HSC setup.  pretty neat if you ask me.

> Back then, it was hard to find a packet that _didn't_ cause a fatal
> bug check on a machine running UCX.  Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating just
> a little bit, but it sure was annoying and all we got from DEC was 
> "so don't do that".

that's why MultiNet and, what was that other one that no-one ever uses anymore?
anyway, that's why they had such good business.  DEC didn't care for TCP/IP
since it wasn't DECnet, so they let it fall to the third party.  Multinet is
an awesome package btw.