[vcf-midatlantic] Working on a historical microprocessor exhibt

Jameel Akari jakari at bithose.com
Thu Feb 13 13:48:40 EST 2020

On Thu, 13 Feb 2020, Tony Bogan wrote:

> Jameel, please don’t think anything is definite yet. We all have our

Nope, I didn't think that at all.  Just that you do need to limit scope to 
get something built for the museum.  In this case it can grow over time 
but you only need to do one sprint at a time.

> I’m still busy looking up processors I never heard of before (or did not 
> know were inside a given machine)  as a result of this discussion. So 
> much to learn, so little time!

I have tripped and fallen down many, many Wikiholes as a result of this, 
yes. ;)


>> On Feb 13, 2020, at 12:07 PM, Jameel Akari via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>>> On 2020-02-12 20:50, David Riley wrote:
>>> On Feb 11, 2020, at 12:20 PM, Jameel Akari via vcf-midatlantic
>>> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>>>> Like, I can donate or loan an early POWER or a VAX 6000 CPU board (they are both awesome looking artifacts) but now you've got large things next to very small things. ;)
>>> Worth noting that the VAX 6000 isn't a microprocessor, per se; the
>>> Mariah chipset, which was also used in a reduced capacity in the uVax
>>> 3100-80 (of which I have one), is a multi-chip processor.  I think
>>> it's actually an interesting illustration of how multi-chip CPU
>>> architectures coexisted alongside true (single-chip) microprocessors
>>> (e.g. CVAX) for a while while they fought for superiority, but it's
>>> probably outside the scope of this exhibit.
>> Yup, it's definitely out of the scope as its now been described.  I threw those examples out there as "you could end up with things like this if you let the scope get too wide."  Then you'd have to try to explain to visitors what you just describe.
>> --
>> Jameel Akari

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