2010-03-04 23:32:43 UTC
on this group again, I ask the following question:
What was the first SGI you ever used?
For me it was a Challenge XL with four R4400 250 MHz CPUs, running IRIX 5.3.
This was back in 1994, when this was a pretty decent setup. I ran the quantum
chemistry program GAMESS and an old FORTRAN IV program written for the IBM
360. The latter program also had a section converted over from ALGOL to
FORTRAN, which I think first ran on a Burroughs 5500.
The scary thing is I still run both programs...
The Challenge never had the CPUs upgraded, though it did live to see an
upgrade to IRIX 6.5 and the latest compilers. It eventually was replaced
by a system that grew to became a 16 CPU Origin 2000 (R10000). That system
was overloaded from day one with all the users, and ended up with a RAID
array and plenty of RAM to spare.
sgi - Silicon Graphics Inc., as opposed to Swine Genetics International of