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ziloo
September 3rd, 2007, 10:40 AM
Well folks, what do you think about this:

http://www.vintage.org/projects.php

:biggrin:

Trixter
September 4th, 2007, 07:39 AM
Wow, it might actually reach speeds previously attainable only on a 386sx-16 ;-)

Wondering what they're going to use for the interlink. Serial on C64 is crap.

mbbrutman
September 4th, 2007, 07:45 AM
Imagine a Beowulf cluster ...

I wonder if they can fit the readme for MPI on the cluster?

carlsson
September 4th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Imagine if all sixtyfour computers were equipped with a 20 MHz 65816 SuperCPU and 16 MB RAMLink. I suppose they could be useful for a massive SID composition, a total of 192 SID voices simultaneously. The largest composition I know of uses seven SID chips (or computers).

chuckcmagee
September 4th, 2007, 11:18 AM
Huh, aren't they going to do weather models on it? :cool:

DoctorPepper
September 4th, 2007, 03:19 PM
While I applaud the group for their ingenuity, I have to remind everyone of a saying I've tried to live by (no, not that one!):

"Just because we CAN do something, doesn't mean we SHOULD!"

On the other hand, this:

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/13069

Sounds kind of interesting.

ahm
September 4th, 2007, 06:37 PM
I dunno, I think this is right up there with floppy RAID (http://phoenix.cc.edu/MegaFloppy.htm).

Sharkonwheels
September 4th, 2007, 07:08 PM
A Floppy RAID?
Do you call it "A FRAID"

That is just , um, dumb. I wonder if his employer knows he spent company time and company property developing that piece of modern data storage!!

Well, I GUESS he could say it's more productive - he can now test 5 at once!!

Dang - Floppy RAID - You gotta be KIDDING me??!!?!??
Might as well pee in the fan!


T

carlsson
September 6th, 2007, 02:56 AM
Perhaps a RAID 1 would be useful even with floppies. I suppose a vintage computer with dual floppy drives could be set up with some kind of mirroring software to simulate RAID 1, but of course it will use twice as many precious floppy disks than you normally would want. As an alternative, take regular backups of your floppy disks to some other media.

Yes, the C64 cluster is a proof of concept. If you find it silly, where goes the line where a cluster would be meaningful? If it was to be used for serious computing, I'm afraid you'd need something in the 1+ GHz range at least.

Yzzerdd
September 6th, 2007, 04:39 AM
Dang - Floppy RAID - You gotta be KIDDING me??!!?!??
Might as well pee in the fan!

T

Hmm...Pee in the fan, you say? *scurries off away from the computer*

djmikesharp
September 9th, 2007, 08:39 PM
Howdy! Know where I can find a tv/game switchbox?? I've got a complete C-64 system but have had trouble getting it to work on a tv. I used to use the old nintendo switchboxes, and I bought a tv/game swithbox from Radio Shack but that doesn't work. Any suggestions??

Also, regarding the SID chip, the SID-station uses this chip to make some really cool techno-electronic sounds. I'm not sure who makes it, but I think they are a Swedish or Norwegian manufctr. My friend owns one and we used it to remix a song.

carlsson
September 10th, 2007, 01:16 AM
I've found the image quality is much better if you connect the RF (antenna) output directly to the input on your TV. Or maybe the word "switchbox" has a different meaning in the USA than I thought it would. I'm thinking about a little mechanical or electronical device with two antenna inputs and one output, used to switch between regular antenna and game/computer inputs.

MC68K
October 12th, 2007, 12:39 PM
Hmm... By the amount of SID's there...

You could possibly play audio data through the DAC's quite well and it would sound quite interesting...

COMMODORE 64 CD PLAYER!

barythrin
October 12th, 2007, 01:04 PM
Well, the way they were discussing it originally they were going to try to utilize the second CPU since there is a 6502 in the commodore floppy drive also so they could possible push data to the floppy 6502 buffer to have it crunched there and come back (dual-cpu c64) heh.. THEN have them all distribute the load via parallel or other.

Interesting that it does look like it's getting demo'd off this year at the VCF (X?! where have I been lol). So I may really try to go this year since I've evidentally pushed it off for 9 years now. I'd like to drive so I could take anything back with me but since it's early Nov I'm worried about ice or snow on the roads (Texans can hardly drive when it rains let alone when the rain turns into little white bullets and attack your car).