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Some DEC computer hardware characteristics

Here is some of the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) computer equipment and its specifications listed that was in use at the TNO Physics Laboratory between the seventies and nineties.

Type/Model Description
CONTROLLERS
KDB50-C Disk controller.  
KDM70-AA Disk/tape controller.
Capable to drive 8 RA disks, TA tape drives (max. 2). Maximum of 700 I/O's per second.
UDA5 Disk controller.
Low-performance UNIBUS-based disk controller for RA disks.
HSC5X-DA Disk/tape controller.  
DISK SUBSYSTEMS
RD54 Winchester disk.
159 MB for VAXstation 2000.  
RA80 RA80 disk drive 121 MB fixed media Winchester disk drive.
This physically large drive (14-inch platters, in a heavy enclosure 10.5" x 16" x 36") was very common at DEC sites. Most of the RA80's lived in three-high cabinets.
1.2 MB/s peak transfer rate; 33.3 ms average access time; 25 ms average seek time; track-to-track seek time 6 ms; 8.33 ms latency; 3600 rpm; seven data and 1 servo disk surfaces; 1,092 tracks/surface; 31 sectors/track (16 bit words); 512 bytes/sector
RA81 456 MB Winchester disk drive.
This physically large drive (14-inch platters, in a heavy enclosure maybe 10.5" x 16" x 36") was very common at DEC sites. Most of the - in 1982 announced - RA81's lived in three-high cabinets.
2.2 MB/s peak transfer rate; 36.3 ms average access time; 28 ms average seek time; track-to-track seek time 6 ms; 8.33 ms latency; 3600 rpm; seven data and 1 servo disk surfaces; 2,496 tracks/surface; 51 sectors/track (16 bit words); 512 bytes/sector. Maintenance information.
RA82 608? 622? MB Winchester disk (DEC mentioned both value).
RA90 1.2 GB Winchester disk.
SA600 2.4 GB disk array based upon 2 RA90 disks.
TAPE SUBSYSTEMS
TU80 Magnetic Tape desktop unit. 25 ips start/stop mode; 100 ips streaming mode; 1600 cpi; max. 160 kB/s transfer rate. 192 ips rewind speed or 2.5 minutes for a 2,400 ft reel. It came with its own UNIBUS tape controller.
TU81E Magnetic Tape desktop unit. 25 ips start/stop mode; 75 ips streaming mode; 1600 and 6250 cpi; max. 468 kB/s transfer rate. 192 ips rewind speed or 2.5 minutes for a 2,400 ft reel. It came with its own UNIBUS tape controller.
TK50 TK50's were DEC-proprietary cartridge tapes that measured about 5" x 5" x 1". The cartridges were expensive--about $35--but quite reliable. Our TK50 drive came, of course, with its own UNIBUS controller. A TK50 could hold about 95MB.
TA90E TA90E cartridge tape subsystem IBM 3480 cartridge tape drive. 200 MB/cartridge; using compression upto 600 MB/cartridge. Unattended operation possible as 12 cartridges could be inserted in two stackers. Read/write speed: 78.7 ips. Max. data transfer rate 2.7 MB/s. Rewind speed 157 ips or 48 sec (full cartridge). 18 tracks; 38 kB/inch.
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COMMUNICATION
DSRVA DERC Server 100
8-line RS-232 interface.
TERMINALS
VT50
 
VT100
VT200
 
VT300
 
SYSTEMS
PDP 11/34   PDP 11/34 CPU More (off-site) on PDP 11/34 and its history (DEC)

More (off-site) on boards, diagnostics and tools for the PDP/11
VAX 11/60 PDP 11/60 Dissectie van een PDP11/60 [Dutch language].
microVAX 3500 The microVAX 3500 processor has two levels of cache memory: s 1 Kbyte 2-way set associative cache is built into the processor chip itself, and an external 64 Kbyte direct mapped cache. Overall cache hit rate: 95 to 99%. If there is an on-chip (first level) cache hit, the external memory bus is not used by the processor. The first level cache responds to a read in one machine cycle (90ns), while the second level cache responds within two cycles. Both caches can be configured as caches for instructions only, for data only, or for both instructions and data. In a single processor system, a mixed cache is typical; in systems with several processors and shared memory, one way of ensuring data consistency is to cache only instructions (which are not modified). Then all data must come from main memory, and consequently whenever a processor reads a data word, it gets the current value.
VAX 11/750   VAX 11/750VAX 11/750 Central Processor System.
32 bit single precision and 64 bit double precision floating point. 4 KB direct mapped memory cache. 512-entry address translation buffer. 8-byte prefetch instruction buffer. A Floating Point Accelerator (FPA) could be added as option.
320 ns microcontrol store instruction time. System data transfer rate 5 MB/s max. 8 MB ECC memory, plus 1 MB increments; 800 ns 32-bit read; 640 ns per 32-bit write.
VAX 8350 Double 8300-CPU system.
Each CPU had a processing power of 1.2 VAX-units of performance (VUP's) or MIPS. ZMOS technology. 13.3 MB/s max. I/O throughput. 2* 8 KB cache. 160 ns cache access time. More specifications.
VAX 6000/310   VAX 6000/310 CPU + VAX 11/750 6000-310 processor. Floating point processor speed-up. 32 MB memory. 2 VAXBI I/O-channels. 296 MB tape unit and controller. 3.8 VAX-units of performance (VUP's) or MIPS. CMOS technology. 60 MB/s max. I/O throughput. 1 KB first level CPU-chip cache and 256 KB on-board cache. 60 ns cache cycle time and 120 ns on board. More specifications.
VAX 6000/410   VAX 6000/410 CPU's 7.0 VAX-units of performance (VUP's) or MIPS. CMOS-3 technology. 80 MB/s max. I/O throughput. 45 MFLOPs double precision and 90 MFLOPs single precision. 2 KB first level CPU-chip cache and 128 KB on-board cache. 28 ns cycle time. More specifications.

Link to specifications on old DEC VAX systems as well as to the timeline.

 



08/03/2002

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