Really? I've never looked.sje wrote:From time to time I've seen complete Cray machines with software up for sale on ebay.
I wouldn't want the whole thing, but I wouldn't mind having a couple pieces of one to use as book-ends etc.
A couple boards from an original Cray-1 or Cray-2...
Well, considering the cost of shipping it to your front door....The prices are unbelievably low, perhaps a thousandth of the original cost.
And just try to plug that thing into your regular wall outlet...
Even if you somehow manage to get it running, the electrical cost will make you wish you hadn't.
I don't know if there still is. Might be fun.The circular chair model sees to be popular. But where would one get the Freon needed for cooling?
There is (or was) at least one commercial Cray production class emulator available for the Apple Macintosh.
But CrayBlitz doesn't need it. Although much of it was in CAL (Cray Assembler Language), Bob always kept a plain FORTRAN version so he could do testing etc. on a VAX or whatever else system he had handy.
Also, a couple years ago, I think there was a place on the web where you could actually borrow time on a real Cray. Just for fun stuff for regular people. You didn't have to be a student etc.
I think it was something like once a week they'd power up an old Cray or other system and let people run programs on it.
I stumbled upon that site a couple years ago when Bob first sent me the listing printouts for Blitz & CrayBlitz.
If that place still exists, you might be able to get CrayBlitz running on there long enough to get a few benchmark numbers to satisfy people's comparisons to a regular PC.
Or Bob could supply those numbers already.... But that wouldn't be as much fun.