Frederik Questier
Frederik Questier

My unix computer collection

I'm collecting Unix computers. Mostly old ones, cause new ones are quite unaffordable at home... Old but still admirable for their top-notch design and very useful. Generally, a Unix machine can have 4 lives (number cruncher, workstation, server, X-terminal).
Note that my many x86 computers (aka PC's; most of them running GNU/Linux) are not listed.

Personal collection

  1. SUN Microsytems Ultra-Enterprise 2 server UPDATE 2006
  2. SUN Ultra-Enterprise 2 server

  3. Sun Ultra 2 Elite 3D
    No cpu's, no memory

  4. Sun Ultra 1 Creator

  5. Sun Sparcstation 5, 70 MHz microSPARC II CPU, 112MB RAM, Video Capure Card

  6. Sun Sparcstation 5, 70 MHz microSPARC II CPU, 48MB RAM

  7. Sun Sparcstation 5

  8. Sun Sparcstation 5

  9. Sun Sparcstation 2, 40 MHz CY7C601 CPU, 32MB RAM

  10. Sun Sparcstation 2

  11. Sun Sparcstation 2

  12. Sun Sparcstation 2

  13. Sun Sparcstation 1

  14. Sun Sparcstation IPC, 40 MHz CPU

  15. Sun Classic

  16. Sun Workstation Station Technologies Limited clone, 16 memory sockets filled, LSI 64844NC-40 Sparc Cache+

  17. Sun Workstation Station Technologies Limited clone

  18. Sun 3/60, 20MHz Motorola 68020 CPU & 68881 FPU, 16MB RAM

  19. Sun 3/60, 20MHz Motorola 68020 CPU & 68881 FPU, 0MB RAM

  20. Sun Mass Storage, deskside chassis for 12 full height 5.25" disks or 24 3.5" disks

  21. SGI Onyx Extreme Silicon Graphics Onyx Extreme UPDATE 01/2005
    • Deskside
    • Dual 150MHz MIPS R4400SC CPUs (1MB cache, 64 bits)
    • Max 4 CPUs
    • Max 2GB memory

  22. SGI O2 Silicon Graphics O2UPDATE 12/2006

  23. SGI Indigo Silicon Graphics Iris Indigo XS/24
    • 33MHz MIPS R3000A CPU
    • 64MB RAM
    • SCSI Harddisk
    • IRIX
    • Served longtime as an workstation for my visitors (when broadband internet was rare)
    • Afterwards reconfigured into a Workstation/X-terminal combination
    I've described this wonderful SGI Indigo machine in detail at a separate page.

  24. Digital Alpha AXPpci 33, 166MHz Alpha LCA4 21066 CPU (64 bits), 32MB RAM
    • AT Case, painted black ;-)
    • AXPpci 33 Mainboard
      • "Baby AT" form factor 8.5" x 13"
      • ZIF socket for Alpha 21066/68 cpu
      • 4 SIMM slots 72 pins, supports up to 256 MB memory, 36-bits true parity only, ECC protected
      • 11 DIP sockets, supporting ECC-protected secondary cache SRAMs (0, 256KB, or 1MB)
      • 2 PCI slots - 4 ISA slots - 1 ISA/PCI shared slot
      • AT Keyboard interface, Serial mouse interface
      • 2 FIFO Serial (max 56 Kbaud) and 1 Parallel Port
      • FAST SCSI-2 controller NCR 53c810
      • IDE interface, Floppy interface
      • Connector for 8 LEDs
      • TOY and NVRAM (8KB)
      • 1 MB flash memory in sockets
      • ARC (Advanced Risc Computing) firmware
    • Alpha Alpha LCA4 21066 cpu
      • 166MHz
      • fully-pipelined, dual-issue, 64-bit RISC architecture
      • pipelined floating point unit, supports IEEE and Digital formats.
      • 64 bits wide memory data path + 8 bits for error correction code (ECC)
      • 8 Kbyte instruction and data caches.
    • 32 MB True parity RAM (4 8MB SIMMs)
    • S3 86C325 3D ViRGE Graphics Accelerator 4MB PCI
    • Quantum Fireball 1080A, 1039MB w/83kB Cache
    • Quantum Fireball CR4.3A, 4110MB w/418kB Cache
    • 3.5" floppy drive 1.44MB
    • Redhat Linux
    When I obtained this machine in 2000, the Alpha processors were the fastest processors available. The Alpha LCA4 21066 cpu was introduced in 1993. The AXPpci 33 mainboard was a rather cheap mainboard combining the Alpha with PC technology. Combined with too little (cache) memory it was rather slow, but it was great to have a 64-bit machine at home (3 years before Apple had an ad campaign claiming the first 64-bit desktop, and 5 years before Microsoft released a 64-bit operating system. This machine was used for years as my home Web, NAT, Firewall, and Scripting server.

  25. HP Apollo 715/50, PA-7100 50MHz CPU, 32MB RAM, HP-UX

  26. Sony News Net Work Station NWS-1250 portable, 25MHz MC68030 & MC6882

  27. Sony News Net Work Station NWS-1510, Motorola 68030

Machines at work and studies

During my studies and work, I had the opportunity to play with some nice machines. Often big iron: departmental servers, number crunchers, all-purpose servers for up till 25.000 people, ...

Hydra (2006-now)

Updates: see the Hydra page

The new Mach (2004 - ?)

SUN V1280

Guppy = www (2003-?)

SUN 4500

Nestor (2001-?)

SUN 4500

Aster (1999-2006)

Alpha Server GS140 Alpha Server GS160

Vub = Minf1 (1998-?)

Sun Ultra-Enterprise 3000

Fabi1 (1997-?)

SUN Ultra-Enterprise 2 server I was system administrator of this departmental calculation server ;-)

Mach (1997 - 2004)

SUN Ultra-Enterprise 4000

Minf5 (1996-?)

SUN Microsytems 4/360

Orca (1995-1999)

SGI Challenge L server

  • SGI Challenge L server
  • UNIX SVR4 operating system (Irix 5.3)
  • 4 200MHz + 4 250MHz cpu's, each with 4 MB secondary cache memory
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • 86 GB of RAID5 disk space
  • 320 MBps I/O bandwidth
  • FDDI network connection
  • Automated HSM system with at least 2.5 TB for data migration

  • Mr. Epix (1995-1997)

    Contral DataThe EPIX machines were a cluster of 4 Contral Data machines (two interactive CD4360-300 servers, a CD4360-300 file server and a CD4680-101 NIC server).

    It's very hard to find information about those machines, I only found this general information:

                         SPEC int92  SPEC fp92  CPU     MHz  Cache Ext. + I/D
    CDC 4360-300         24.9        26.7       R3000A  33   64/64
    CDC 4680 Infoserver  40.6        45.1       R6000A  66   512+64/16
    The welcome banner was:
                Welcome to the EP/IX Software System.
                *        CONTROL DATA PROPRIETARY PRODUCT        *
                *      Copyright Control Data Systems, Inc.      *
                *             1990, 1991, 1992, 1993             *
                * Accessed software also protected by copyright. *
                (C) Copyright 1986-1992, MIPS Computer Systems
                All Rights Reserved
                nice, EP/IX Version 2.1.1AB

    rc4 (1995)

    Vub = Minf1 (1994-1998)
    Sun 670MP

    The following comes from the SUN hardware FAQ:

       SPARCsystem 6xxMP/xx
            Processor(s):   ROSS CY7C601 @ 40MHz or SuperSPARC @ 45 or
                            50MHz, CY7C602 FPU or on TI chip, CY7C605 MMU or
                            on TI chip (Reference); 4096 or 65536 hardware
                            contexts; ROSS: 114 MIPS. Up to four CPUs.
            Chassis type:   rackmount
            Bus:            VME, SBus, and Mbus
            Memory:         ROSS: Off-chip 64K write-back, direct-mapped,
                            virtually indexed, virtually and physically
                            tagged, 32-byte lines
            Architecture:   sun4m
            Notes:          First Mbus-based machine. Cypress/ROSS Mbus
                            modules later upgraded to TI SuperSPARC modules
                            (/xx models). Code name "Galaxy". ROSS cache can
                            be run write-through but OS puts it in
                            write-back; physically tagged for MP cache
                            coherency.  630MP/600MP: 128M
                            physical. 670MP/690MP: 640M physical.

    Creation 23-Jun-02
    Last Update 31-Dec-06
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