[TUHS] Reaction to the 3B2 at Bell Labs

Phil Budne phil at ultimate.com
Sun Nov 27 14:43:50 AEST 2022

Larry McVoy wrote:
> I read the Wikipedia page on the 9000.  It's sad that the 9000
> wasn't cancelled when they had better alternatives.

In an oral history Bob Supnik described Ken Olsen couldn't get his
head around the fact that the NVAX chip could equal the 9000:

@2:59:45 in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3tcCBHRIfU

In part 2, Bob described how then DEC VP Gordon Bell having earlier
predicted when the microprocessor performance curve would cross over
minis and mainframes:

@1:51:45 in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3tcCBHRIfU

He also talks about how the company couldn't command the bsame gross
margins as it did in the VAX era.

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