[TUHS] Why did PDPs become so popular?
tytso at mit.edu
Fri Dec 29 09:28:52 AEST 2017
On Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 08:08:11AM -0800, Larry McVoy wrote:
> > I think you're right. The disinterest in marketing and advertising
> > (Ken Olsen, and therefore DEC, had a "build it and they will come"
> > mentality) was one aspect of the corporate culture. An example of its
> > negative impact: When the Alpha EV5 came out, it was several times
> > faster than anything else around.
> Got a reference for that performance claim? Wasn't that mid 1990's?
> If so, I was heavily into benchmarking and performance work during
> that period. If there was a processor that was 2x faster, let alone
> several times faster, I would have noticed.
"Digital's 21164 Reaches 500 MHz: Alpha Regains Performance Lead,
Leaves Pentium Pro in Dust" -- Microprocessor Report July 8, 1996.
Looks to me from the article that Alpha was certain participating in
the clock speed wars, though.
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