[Beowulf] Win64 Clusters!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Mon Apr 9 17:54:28 EDT 2007


Tony,
I should have said, ** I **  wouldn't have reasonably expected unix to run
on an 8088 at the time (System V booted with 512K on a 286 but "vi temp"
hung so I had to expand memory). At the time I was unaware of any versions
besides Berkeley and AT&T. Now of course even IBM can boot linux on a
wrist-watch (but the power supply is ungainly). At the time 8-bit word
seemed inadequate; I could not find a way to buy quantity one 3B2 from Ma,
so motorolla (e.g. Fortune 32:16 nice box in '83 made me want a unix
workstation for home) and intel 286 seemed like only options I could find.
But I didn't know about usenet back then.

When was Minix ported to 8088? Some people kept PDP11s running for a pretty
long time :-)
Peter


On 4/9/07, Tony Travis <ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk> wrote:
>
> Peter St. John wrote:
> > Well, I could run unix with all 1536K, but not MS/PCDOS 3.2. So call it
> > a software issue of failing to work around the hardware issue. Obviously
> > the hardware was not a show-stopper.
> >
> > But it was the 286 I did this on, not the earlier 8088, which I don't
> > think could reasonably have been expected to run unix; but the original
> > comment regarded the 80286.
>
> Hello, Peter.
>
> People have very short memories! Minix runs fine on an 8088:
>
>        http://www.neonbox.org/minix_laptop/index.html
>
> I replaced a pdp11/34 running Unix version 7 with an 8086 running Minix!
>
> Hmm... I wonder if anyone remembers Amoeba?
>
>        Tony.
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