... more properly, Purdue University Computing Center or PUCC.
(Renamed to Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) in 2001.)
PUCC collected IBM 7094s which most companies were
glad to give away. JohnSteele?
kept them running and
made them into terminal concentrators. The 7090 series
had a great big SwitchRegister?
that looked like
a piano keyboard. It even had an electric motor to
reset the switches after each operation.
PUCC started running CDC6000 equipment in the late 60s.
By the mid 70s they had several of these which VicAbell?
had bridged together with a system he called DualMace
did the same thing for the
by slapping a couple VAX780s
together to make a DualProcessorVax
wrote some good networking software for PUCC.
Later, he wrote great networking software for George's
engineering network. It must have been JohnSteele?
suggested Bill monitor his link protocol with a
PUCC published job counts every month and considered it
good every time they hit an all-time record. The trouble
was, their job scheduler required estimation of bizzare
parameters, like memory occupancy in mega-word-seconds.
Estimate too high and you would be queued forever to let
smaller jobs run. Estimate too low, and Bang, your job's
kicked out, unfinished, but still contributing to another
all-time high job count for the center.
is as likely to deceive