[TUHS] Early Unix function calls: expensive?

Armando Stettner aps at ieee.org
Mon Jan 4 14:40:22 AEST 2016

I guess I experienced things a little differently: computer science basis notwithstanding, the VAX was hugely successful for DEC.


> On Jan 3, 2016, at 4:01 PM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:
> Tim Bradshaw scripsit:
>> The VAX architecture and its performance horrors must have killed DEC,
>> I guess.
> Like most things, it was overdetermined:  the Rainbow and the lack of
> insight it represented was another major cause.
> -- 
> John Cowan          http://www.ccil.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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