A Historical Look at the VAX: DEC, NVAX, Alpha and Competitors [Part II] online

Article: A Historical Look at the VAX: DEC, NVAX, Alpha and Competitors
By: rwessel (robertwessel.delete@this.yahoo.com), July 10, 2006 2:36 am
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David Kanter (dkanter@realworldtech.com) on 7/10/06 wrote:
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>Hey Everyone,
>
>We have a new article online that is a real treat. The second part of John Mashey's analysis of the VAX is now up:
>
>http://www.realworldtech.com/page.cfm?ArticleID=RWT062006031650
>
>In his first article, Dr. John Mashey examined the economics of microprocessors
>and computer systems. In this second article, Dr. Mashey takes a retrospective
>look at the microprocessor world in the early 1990’s when the VAX was declining,
>and RISC architectures were on the rise. In particular, he demonstrates the significant
>performance advantage of early RISCs over the VAX, and how this put DEC into a very difficult situation product-wise.
>
>The first article can be found at:
>http://www.realworldtech.com/page.cfm?ArticleID=RWT012406203308
>
>If you want to brush up.
>
>The third part of the article may take us a little while to get into shape, because
>it is the most technically deep and complicated. However, we look forward to bringing it out in the future.
>
>I'd like to thank John for letting us reprint the article, and also thank Bob Colwell,
>Andy Goldstein and several others for their input.


A nice bit of history.

I will, however, complain* about the graph on the first page of part one. It should really be log/log, and the y-axis shouldn't go to zero.

*Complaining about graphs is a hobby. ;-)
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