[TUHS] project athena (was Re: Setting up an X Development Environment for Mac OS)

Jonathan Gray jsg at jsg.id.au
Sun Feb 12 12:26:38 AEST 2023

On Sat, Feb 11, 2023 at 06:48:32AM -0800, Larry McVoy wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 11, 2023 at 02:51:55PM +1100, Jonathan Gray wrote:
> > http://bitsavers.org/pdf/opusSystems/32k/800-00237-000_Opus_100pm_User_Manual_1987.pdf
> That gave me the best "feel" for what it was like.  Still would like to
> hear from someone that ran on this on a day to day basis.  It looks
> pretty cool but either it happened a little too late for me (by 1987
> I was working for Lachman porting Unix to the ETA-10 and I was running
> on Sun3/50 as my desktop and Sun3/260 as the file server) or I missed
> it.  

Not sure when the Sritek 16032 card was announced.  It was discussed in
the June 1983 issue of Byte

Sudha Kavuru
Modular Architecture, Designing a modular computer around the IBM PC

and shown at the January 1984 UniForum:

"Sritek manufactures high-performance coprocessors and advanced
operating systems for the IBM PC and XT. The Xenix System 3.0 for
the Sritek 68000 coprocessor offers paged-memory management which
can support up to 16 users. For the 16032 coprocessor we offer the
Berkeley 4.1 BSD which supports 32-bit demand-paged virtual memory
management and floating-point hardware. We will soon offer the 4.2
BSD version with networking facilities. UNIX System V will be
available on the 68000, 16032 and 80286 coprocessors during the
second quarter of 1984."


For the 68000 card, an interesting writeup is in the
April 1983 issue of InfoWorld.  Sritek cards were offered to both MIT
and CMU while they were waiting for the RT PCs.

"CMU will use Sritek coprocessor boards

Sritek, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Carnegie-Mellon University, located
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have agreed that Sritek will supply the
university with several hundred of its 68000 coprocessor boards with
XENIX software for the IBM PC XT.

According to a Carnegie-Mellon spokesman, the school will use the
enhanced computer as a transition work station until its new system,
under development in cooperation with IBM, is ready.

The university and IBM are working on a 32-bit microcomputer with one
megabyte of RAM and high-resolution bit-mapped graphics that will be
used in a campus network of 7500 work stations.  The machine is not
expected to be ready until 1991, however.

CMU also plans to offer the enhanced IBM XT to faculty, students and
CMU employees for purchase at a discount.  Sritek hardware will be
included in this plan."

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