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(Some Guy)   Spare time on your hands and nothing to do? How about building your own 1/10-scale, binary-compatible, cycle-accurate Cray-1A supercomputer   (chrisfenton.com) divider line 34
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2013-10-13 02:58:33 AM  
Now that is totes cray cray.
 
2013-10-13 08:18:26 AM  
I bet you that mofo is a pimp and gets lots of ass while going to every party in his city
 
2013-10-13 09:00:49 AM  
Now if he can get it to play Zork, he's golden.
 
2013-10-13 09:08:05 AM  
Umm. Nice I guess.

/Does it play frogger?
 
2013-10-13 09:10:15 AM  

cman: I bet you that mofo is a pimp and gets lots of ass while going to every party in his city


He has a cute nerdy wife
 
2013-10-13 09:20:14 AM  

Do the needful: Now that is totes cray cray.


Goddammit, I came to warn against this, and you did it in the Boobies.

/heh, did it in the boobies
 
2013-10-13 09:29:36 AM  
This is--dare I say it--damn near Adeptus Mechanicus Adorable :D

(Being defined, of course, as something that the average AdMech would squee over because it is Small and Cool and Cute, and others would be "Eh?")

/does find this cool, actually :3
//then again, I also DO play an AdMech in Rogue Trader so go fig
///also is endlessly amused that I can emulate a VAX on my smartphone
 
2013-10-13 09:30:05 AM  
Supercomputer pornography is the best pornography
 
2013-10-13 09:44:48 AM  
If we're lucky, in 30 years someone will be building a 1/10 scale model of a D-wave while talking about how it has less power than your qPhone.
 
2013-10-13 09:48:34 AM  

poorjon: If we're lucky, in 30 years someone will be building a 1/10 scale model of a D-wave while talking about how it has less power than your qPhone.


Remember acoustic couplers?

I do.

upload.wikimedia.org
/hot like my moms temper when the phone bill came.
 
2013-10-13 10:31:19 AM  
I can understand building the little model, although the Cray 1A always reminded me of a circular bench seat from Valley View mall in the early 90s. I don't know if the bench is still there, but that mall is a wasteland, worse than Irving.

The technical details, OTOH, are a level of geeking out that makes me worry he'd going to stick his dick in the model at the end of the day.
 
2013-10-13 10:37:13 AM  
www.technologyreview.com

I would love to have a Cray 1 as a couch.
 
2013-10-13 10:39:01 AM  
While I figured he was using some off the shelf hardware, I was really hoping for a 1/10 scale version of this:
upload.wikimedia.org
Hooray for wires!
 
2013-10-13 11:00:29 AM  

pastorkius: While I figured he was using some off the shelf hardware, I was really hoping for a 1/10 scale version of this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]
Hooray for wires!


Holy hell I don't even think the Apollo spacecraft had that many wires

/Rope memory
//Google it motherfarker
 
2013-10-13 11:11:44 AM  

pastorkius: While I figured he was using some off the shelf hardware, I was really hoping for a 1/10 scale version of this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]
Hooray for wires!


Me too. But this

chrisfenton.com

is pretty fun!

But no 3D printing though, I'm kind of impressed that this caveman went all Luddite on us.
 
2013-10-13 11:39:07 AM  
I went to visit a friend who works at the NCAR Boulder supercomputer center and was more than a bit surprised to walk down the stairs and see an old Cray sitting out in the hallway. Apparently, it was deemed too heavy to go in their little museum because that part of the building is cantilevered and unsupported.

Link

www2.cisl.ucar.edu
 
2013-10-13 01:16:38 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: But no 3D printing though, I'm kind of impressed that this caveman went all Luddite on us.


I'm kind of surprised that someone who could pull that off apparently doesn't know how to operate masking tape when painting.
 
2013-10-13 01:41:05 PM  
10 goto 10
 
2013-10-13 01:43:13 PM  
DubyaHater:

Supercomputer pornography is the best pornography

Years ago I did some work at a lab that shall not be named, and when I walked in to their datacenter I saw they had a Cray... My escort saw the look in my eye and said "Yes, you can touch it."

/ managed not to dry-hump it... But was thinking of it.
 
2013-10-13 04:17:57 PM  

pastorkius: While I figured he was using some off the shelf hardware, I was really hoping for a 1/10 scale version of this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]
Hooray for wires!


At 1/10th scale, he could pack the inside of the case with dyed hair to get the visual impact. :)

That wasn't unique to Cray, incidentally. The back side of an IBM 360/50 cpu looks pretty much the same, except the wires were IBM blue, naturally.

It was all wire-wrap, which shocked me at the time. I'd done a number of small wire-wrap projects myself, and couldn't believe they'd done 100,000 wire-wrap jumpers all in the same color!  Later I learned they were assembled by automated machines driven by punch cards, and it made more sense.
 
2013-10-13 04:22:10 PM  

Beowoolfie: pastorkius: While I figured he was using some off the shelf hardware, I was really hoping for a 1/10 scale version of this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]
Hooray for wires!

At 1/10th scale, he could pack the inside of the case with dyed hair to get the visual impact. :)

That wasn't unique to Cray, incidentally. The back side of an IBM 360/50 cpu looks pretty much the same, except the wires were IBM blue, naturally.

It was all wire-wrap, which shocked me at the time. I'd done a number of small wire-wrap projects myself, and couldn't believe they'd done 100,000 wire-wrap jumpers all in the same color!  Later I learned they were assembled by automated machines driven by punch cards, and it made more sense.


Just imagine if one of those wires somehow came loose though...ugh
 
2013-10-13 04:24:37 PM  
Beowoolfie:

pastorkius: While I figured he was using some off the shelf hardware, I was really hoping for a 1/10 scale version of this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]
Hooray for wires!

At 1/10th scale, he could pack the inside of the case with dyed hair to get the visual impact. :)

That wasn't unique to Cray, incidentally. The back side of an IBM 360/50 cpu looks pretty much the same, except the wires were IBM blue, naturally.

It was all wire-wrap, which shocked me at the time. I'd done a number of small wire-wrap projects myself, and couldn't believe they'd done 100,000 wire-wrap jumpers all in the same color! Later I learned they were assembled by automated machines driven by punch cards, and it made more sense.


Given that they were probably implemented using ECL chips the wire wrap was probably an integral part of the heat management system.
 
2013-10-13 04:45:50 PM  
Beowoolfie:

pastorkius: While I figured he was using some off the shelf hardware, I was really hoping for a 1/10 scale version of this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]
Hooray for wires!

At 1/10th scale, he could pack the inside of the case with dyed hair to get the visual impact. :)

That wasn't unique to Cray, incidentally. The back side of an IBM 360/50 cpu looks pretty much the same, except the wires were IBM blue, naturally.

It was all wire-wrap, which shocked me at the time. I'd done a number of small wire-wrap projects myself, and couldn't believe they'd done 100,000 wire-wrap jumpers all in the same color! Later I learned they were assembled by automated machines driven by punch cards, and it made more sense.


CS,B, because how often am I going to get to tell a wire-wrap story?

Years ago an engineer friend gifted me with a very sweet Augat wire-wrap prototyping board. It was a hell of a gift too, those things cost hundreds of dollars.

All I had to do was unwind a few zillion electric-blue wires.

I swear, for days afterward I was seeing snakes in my sleep.
/ still using that board, 20 years later.
 
2013-10-13 05:06:26 PM  

maxheck: Given that they were probably implemented using ECL chips the wire wrap was probably an integral part of the heat management system.


It was indeed ECL, and I never thought of that. Thanks!
 
2013-10-13 05:33:20 PM  
Beowoolfie:

maxheck: Given that they were probably implemented using ECL chips the wire wrap was probably an integral part of the heat management system.

It was indeed ECL, and I never thought of that. Thanks!


Yeah, I've spent too much time hanging out with old engineers to *NOT* see this scenario in my mind:

"Ok, this thing is going to draw 1.21 gigawatts. How will we dissipate it that much heat?"

*drawn-out silence*

"Ok, we could put a lot of tiny prongs and fine wires on it...."
 
2013-10-13 09:54:23 PM  
Meh, big deal. I use a Gibson

/Hack the planet!
 
2013-10-13 09:58:19 PM  
Seriously though, why? I mean it's essentially a prop not a useful computer so why go 1/10th scale and functional? Go full size as a novelty couch.
 
2013-10-13 10:16:55 PM  
Can we get some more photos of the wife?


/Live in a University town.  We used to have an annex to the local junkyard that would get all of the U's castoffs.  A buddy at work was out there one day, and found the remains of a cray.  Took it home and set it up as a beer fridge.
 
2013-10-13 10:34:55 PM  

fluffy2097: poorjon: If we're lucky, in 30 years someone will be building a 1/10 scale model of a D-wave while talking about how it has less power than your qPhone.

Remember acoustic couplers?

I do.


/hot like my moms temper when the phone bill came.


you're turned on by your mom's temper?
 
2013-10-14 01:13:47 AM  
okay, this is pretty rockin'
 
2013-10-14 01:54:32 AM  

Lanadapter: you're turned on by your mom's temper?


You don't remember how much it used to cost to make a long distance phone call, yet you remember an acoustic coupler? And you've never heard the expression "hot tempered" for mad?

/liar
 
2013-10-14 03:36:07 AM  
When I was stationed in Colorado Springs for The Air Force Space Command in the late 80's, there were 2 Cray II's in the building and they were liquid cooled.  It felt like I was in the presence of god when I walked into that room.
 
2013-10-14 10:04:23 AM  

Beowoolfie: pastorkius: While I figured he was using some off the shelf hardware, I was really hoping for a 1/10 scale version of this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]
Hooray for wires!

At 1/10th scale, he could pack the inside of the case with dyed hair to get the visual impact. :)

That wasn't unique to Cray, incidentally. The back side of an IBM 360/50 cpu looks pretty much the same, except the wires were IBM blue, naturally.

It was all wire-wrap, which shocked me at the time. I'd done a number of small wire-wrap projects myself, and couldn't believe they'd done 100,000 wire-wrap jumpers all in the same color!  Later I learned they were assembled by automated machines driven by punch cards, and it made more sense.


Sounds like the time I was visiting my Dad who worked as a radar technician. He had a bundle of what had to be thousands of wires, all the same color. He was looking for "the bad one".
 
2013-10-14 03:35:11 PM  
Am I not reading this right. The CRAY ran at 80MHz? I know, three instructions per cycle and all that but still. How many cores?

I must be wrong. Anyone got the hard specs for the top of the range Cray I would have been dreaming about in the 80`s?

Memory, cpu, cores etc
 
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