[vcf-midatlantic] Supercomputer is all set!

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Wed Nov 7 20:45:21 EST 2018

I sent this message a few hours ago but it bounced somehow:

Ian, Bill I., and myself all unloaded the VAX 9000 this morning. Diver 
Dan operated the forklift.

A 28-foot trailer arrived here at 8am followed by another at 9am. There 
were 13 pallets on the first trailer and 12 on the second.

Somehow, the space that we made in the warehouse yesterday and 
throughout the last few weeks was MORE than needed! We saved even more 
space after the delivery because Ian found a way to consolidate five of 
the new pallets onto others.

Ian and I also discussed how to display at least part of the system in 
the museum. The simplest thing we can do is put the Cray YMP-EL back 
into storage and use the space for the 9000 main cabinet and maybe one 
peripheral cabinet. Side benefit: it would better match the StorageTek 
Timberwolf tape library than the Cray does.

Here are some pictures:




It took us a few pallets to get the hang of things this morning, but 
once we got going then everything went pretty well. There were no 
significant problems, just a couple of minor challenges that we solved 
on-the-fly, and no people/computers suffered any harm -- except our 
stomachs, which we cured with pizza.

I can't wait to show this to you all in person at Festivus and beyond!

Special thanks to our new best friends in Colorado and to the person who 
funded the transportation.

Evan Koblentz, executive director
Vintage Computer Federation
a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit

evan at vcfed.org
(646) 546-9999


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