Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Feb 2006 13:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "John Mashey is known in computing circles for a whole raft of things, among them are his work on the design of the original MIPS architecture, his work at SGI, and a long history of in-depth posts in the newsgroup comp.arch. David Kanter of Realworldtech has taken one of Mashey's posts and, with the author's permission, fleshed it out with more data and graphs for posting as a multipart series. Part I of the series is now available, with Part II on the way. One of the things that really struck me in reading the retrospective was just how prominent a role completely non-architectural factors play in the stories of the successes and failures of various processors."
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by transputer_guy on Sun 19th Feb 2006 19:35 UTC
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Good article based on a long drawn out thread on comp.arch NG many months ago by the old timers v JM, some of whom have less fondness for the high volume rubbish we are using today v what was once the pillar of computing hardware. Unfortunately c.a has gone down the toilet with all the homework posted.

I thought the article would go over why the Vax would not be practical in full custom today v the Alpha but that seems to be cut. The raw articles are still on the comp.arch NG just search for Mashey.

I remember working on my 1st processor design as a young lad using 1 Vax for 50 engineers knowing full well the chip that would come out would trounce the Vax when it was done and be 1000s cheaper. The writing was on the wall, in those days computing was still far from personal and 1 computer on every desk was still another decade.

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