View Full Version : Silicon Graphics mainframe

October 9th, 2014, 02:01 AM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silicon-Graphics-IRIS-INDIGO-CMNB300B/111384596260?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%2 6asc%3D25881%26meid%3D8d3d7d4147c6448d93db83bca084 2d0b%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3 D10%26sd%3D281024067145

Not my auction.



I wonder if Rare or whoever made some of their games for SNES from these kinda machines. N64 I heard had tech from Silicon Graphics inside.


October 9th, 2014, 04:06 AM
Well, it's an Indigo and they are very nice.. but it isn't a mainframe by any definition I can think of.


October 9th, 2014, 04:16 AM
Ah, to far left it said "Mainframe" in the category, but closer loor says vintage computer as well.

October 9th, 2014, 04:28 AM
Indigo's were SGI's first machines they sold on mass because it was cheap and 1/3 the size of their previous workstation. if back in the 90's you needed a cheap 3D workstation you had one of these. I picked up three myself in Vancouver and know where four others live in that city.

That one there is your typical ebay unit. Probably the older R3000 machine with Entry graphics (absolutely no 3D acceleration onboard. Just a basic 2D framebuffer) and minimal amount of ram alongside one drive sled. The doors typically break is not stored properly and these machines require a proprietary keyboard and mouse. You can buy that for around $150 when they pop up or pay $50 for an adapter that converts the IRIS standard to PS/2.

Off the top of my head I can't think of any games developed on the Indigo (though its future low-end successor the Indy was used by Nintendo to hold their Ultra 64 dev boards) but I know that Vancouver based Mainframe Entertainment did a large portion of ReBoot's first season on Indigo's and probably most of the second.

October 9th, 2014, 04:55 AM
A great resource for the SGI boxen can be found at http://www.nekochan.net/

Now, if you want a 'mainframe' sort of box, you want either an Onyx or Origin series box (if you want IRIX) or an Altix box (if Linux on Itanium can work for you). These units aren't too terribly expensive on the used market, and at one time the world's largest supercomputers were Altix boxen, such as NASA's Columbia that had 10,240 CPU's and ran Linux. A small Altix 350 or 450 system is fun to play around with, and can still do some fairly good number crunching. But they are serial terminal or remote GUI only machines; unless you got a Prism, the framebuffer of which has very little support on any modern Linux. But they're not vintage, yet.

I personally wouldn't consider an Indigo 'vintage' but that's just my opinion. Irix 5.x is pretty snappy on those boxen.