[TUHS] Reaction to the 3B2 at Bell Labs

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Mon Nov 28 00:53:42 AEST 2022

On Sat, Nov 26, 2022 at 11:43:50PM -0500, Phil Budne wrote:
> 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.

Hence the need for hard reproducible data.  I'm sure I would have suffered
the same fate at SGI if I had no data.
Larry McVoy           Retired to fishing          http://www.mcvoy.com/lm/boat

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