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    Default C64 super-duper!

    Well folks, what do you think about this:

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


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    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.

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    Imagine a Beowulf cluster ...

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

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    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).
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    Huh, aren't they going to do weather models on it?

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    Cool ???

    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.
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    I dunno, I think this is right up there with floppy RAID.

    "It's a me-too, 8-bit machine with good graphics and a disk system nobody will support."
    -- Bill Gates, about the Sony SMC-70 with the new 3.5" floppy drives (InfoWorld; June 7, 1982)

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    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!


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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkonwheels View Post

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

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