Jim, that's very cool. Amazing example of computer longevity. You're probably running software I worked on all those years ago.
From: n8vem...@googlegroups.com [mailto:n8vem...@googlegroups.com]On Behalf Of James Cobb
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:07 AM
Subject: RE: [N8VEM-S100:2799] Multibus
Intel – was designed and built in the 80s – this one is at Cape Canaveral = I have been working with these systems since 1988 Started with one in Colorado then in Thule, Greenland and then one that was in a 40ft Trailer and now his one which was originally installed at Vandenberg and moved here a couple of years ago. Uses Three INTEL 286 micros cards tied together on a SCSI bus and use six INTEL 8086 micros cards as communications processors (interfaces to equipment) uses 3 INTEL Multibus chassis (one for each 286) the systems were updated a few years ago to dump the very very old hard drives (ST225 MFM HD) and tape backup units to a SSD drive and the use of CF cards for software and database updates. These systems are in use 24 hours a day/365 days a year.
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>I still work with a system that runs iRMX.
Is this one of the newer Tenasys systems, or are you running a legacy Intel system?
(For those who may not know, Intel sold iRMX off to Radisys a long time ago. Some of the Intel engineers went with it. Some of them eventually bought it from Radisys and started their own company, Tenasys, to sell and support it).
I had the pleasure of working with some of those folks at Intel before all this happened.
PS: In the meantime Radisys has gone on to do a number of "interesting" things, such as create software and systems that allow one to perform Deep Packet Inspection to sift through internet packets for (among other things) "security" and "law enforcement" purposes. Sound familiar? Some of their whitepapers go even further suggesting the capability to modify packets en route to insert tracking data. You didn't hear it from me.
PPS: Before anyone jumps all over me, I'm well aware that the most common uses of DPI have nothing to do with "security" and "law enforcement" and are, in fact, quite benign.
I still work with a system that runs iRMX.
I used to work at Intel back in the 80's and 90's and bought many multibus items at their "scrap" sales that have been in storage ever since. In fact, for a while, my personal computer at work was a System 310 with a big, noisy, honking 8" winchester hard drive running iRMX. I probably have some things that would be helpful to a multibus group. Unfortunately, I'm totally swamped right now with personal business and can't do much more than lurk for the time being. But check back with me in a few months and maybe I'll have time to go through my "pile" and inventory what I have.
Looked a while back Joe, did not see one. The multibus and S100 have a lot in common. I have been looking for a 80486 multibus board schematic but found none. Would really help me in doing a S100 of the same.
As most know, I am in the process of building n S-100 machine as well as an Xi-8088 box. These two projects are my main focus, and I will be working on them until both are complete. However, I am also very interested in the Intel Multibus, and already have two processor boards, the Intel 80/05 (an 8085 unit) and an 88/25 (an 8088 unit).
Does anyone know of an active group for the Multibus computer system like this group for S-100 systems? I feel that this group is one of the best computer groups on the Web, and have searched for something similar to the S-100 for the Multibus, but without success. After I finish the Xi and at least one S-100 system, I want to start a Multibus machine. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for any ideas!
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