what you mean by mainframe?
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i think sun talks about running on mainframe clbutt machine.
original sun workstations was 68k before they produced risc sparc ... minor reference to 68020-68030 machines
not sparc and i86 machines are support ... this has minor reference to both platforms
i think that unisys logo'ed sequent's machine for a time ... as another "mainframe clbutt" machine.
this minor reference has unisys starting logo'ing sequent machines even before the sequent NUMA-Q machines
in the 80s we participated in both fcs and sci standards activity. fci standards was somewhat the outgrowth of LLNL's work with a non-blocking copper-wire switched remapped to 1gbit-sec fiber-optics. SCI was some work out of SLAC to take fiber-optics and use it for asyncronous bus.
there had been this fiber-optic technology that had been kicking around pok since the 70s that was having hard time getting out. part of it appeared to be around the battle with communication division on who "owned" stuff that crossed the wall surrounding the glbutt-house. my wife was in the middle of this since she had done a stint in POK in charge of loosely-coupled architecture ... where she produced peer-couple shared data architecture
... which didn't see much uptake until parallel sysplex ... except for some work hear-and-there ... like IMS hot-standby.
in any case, supposedly the jurisdictional resolutioin was that CPD's terminal controller paradigm (sna) supposedly owned anything that crossed the boundary of the glbutt house walls.
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one of the austin interconnect engineers took the pok fiber technology ... and tweaked it here and there ... getting about ten percent higher thruput (220mbits-sec rather than 200mbits-sec for escon) and used optical drivers that were at least an order of magnitude less expensive (than escon). this was announced on rs-6000 as sla (serial link adapter).
he then wanted to go on and do an 800 mbit version of sla. we convinced him to move to working on FCS ... where he became editor of the FCS standards document. part of this was that rs-6000 was much more into the market segment that highly prised interoperability ... and it was difficult to have a lot of interoperability with proprietary interconnect. one of the issues was FCS was basically a fully asyncronous, full-duplex operation. Later there were some horrible battles when some POK channel engineers became involved with FCS and tried to do some unnatural acts like layering mainframe half-duplex syncronous channel paradigm on an underlying infrastructure that is asyncronous full-duplex (or dual simplex as i periodically refer to it) ... which i believe may now be referred to as ficon.
so in parallel with all this was the "SLAC" effort to use similar fiber-optic technology for asyncronous bus operation rather than
one of the reasons that we round up producing ha-cmp
that was suppose to use fcs for scale-up ... minor reference
was that RIOS chips didn't support cache coherency ... i.e. and a major SCI effort was an asyncronous memory bus implementation.
for a little more digression ... i've periodically butterted that much of the 801-risc-romp-rios genre
was attempting to drastically simplify hardware after the disastrous experience of future systems
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the other characteristic was that it seemed that the 801-risc had a scalded cat reation to the enormous multiprocessor cache consistency overhead exacted by the strong memory consistency paradigm of the highend mainframe 370s. not only did 801-risc go to the opposite extreme of future systems ... but also the opposite extreme from highend 370s with regard to cache consistency. as a result, it was essentially impossible to build scale-up multiprocessor system with SCI and rios chips. essentially, the only scaleup fall-back was purely loosely-coupled (aka cluster) operatiion with high-speed (i-o) interconnect.
convex built 128-way examplar with dual-processor board HP-RISC chips. SCI asyncronous memory operation standard allows for 64 memory ports. convex had dual-processor shared cache boards ... and 64 such boards allowed for maximum 128-way configuration.
both sequent and data general did something similar using 64-port SCI ... except they used intel quad-processor boards (four processors sharing cache that then used 64-port SCI to interface to memory).
this was the 256 processor Sequent numa-q machine that IBM inherited when they bought sequent. it was also the machine that unisys was operating system).
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in this time-frame a separate, somewhat parallel effort was started to produce power-pc (as opposed to "power" which was the marketing name for the rios chipset) ... which would have support for cache consistency (and some number of other differences from original 801-risc-romp-rios-power).
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