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

Michael Will mwill at penguincomputing.com
Mon Apr 9 15:10:19 PDT 2007

I used minix on 286 briefly until I found out about the 3-floppy MCC
linux distribution that included gcc around 1992 ;-)
I never got to play with amoeba since both Minix and Amoeba where not
free at the time linux came out - did you? 
http://www.cs.vu.nl/pub/amoeba/amoeba.html shows an 80 node amoeba
cluster based on sparc and seems to be free now.


From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org]
On Behalf Of Peter St. John
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 2:54 PM
To: Tony Travis
Cc: Beowulf Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Win64 Clusters!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 :-)

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.
	> 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
	> comment regarded the 80286. 
	Hello, Peter.
	People have very short memories! Minix runs fine on an 8088:
	I replaced a pdp11/34 running Unix version 7 with an 8086
running Minix! 
	Hmm... I wonder if anyone remembers Amoeba?
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