Workstations

J.B.
http://www.penguin.cz/~jirka

A motto:

"A bus station is a place where a bus stops. A train station is a place where a train stops. At my desk I have a workstation."

Introduction

There is a short list of my desktop computers. List of my favorite software (that I run on these ones) can be found here.


Pentium III ("snail")

This is my desktop at the university. It isn't bad (Intel Pentium III processor at 1000 MHz, 512 MB of RAM, 40 GB harddisk, CD-RW, ZIP100 and floppy drives) and a TFT display (ViewSonic VP171s). It's quite usefull and good-working but relatively slow (for its price). It can accept only 512 MB of memory which is sometimes very limiting (this box was meant for large numerical simulations). But it's still good as a desktop machine (for the TeX typeseting, programming etc.).
It runs the Slackware Linux as its operating system.

PC

PC server Supermicro ("lomond")

My main number cruncher - a dual-processor machine with Pentium 4 Xeon Processors (3.06 GHz, 1 MB of 3rd level cache), 4 GB of RAM and 36 GB SCSI disk and 200 GB IDE disk. It runs the MandrakeLinux 10 operating system. A monitor isn't attached to the lomond because I use my snail as an X-terminal.

lomond

SGI O2 ("moose")

The moose is now my main home computer. It' bit mode loud than the Indy but occupies less space on my desk and is more friendly to many of computer pheripherals (the ViewSonic VP171b LCD display, the scanner, the Palm Vx handheld computer etc.) and it's O2Cam camera is much more advanced than older IndyCam (especially in poor light conditions). The box has MIPS R10000 processor (250 MHz, 1024 MB of cache), 512 MB of memory and 9 GB disk, ZIP100 drive and O2Cam.

However it isn't as nice as the old good Indy is, it's still a very capable and usefull machine. Also it's enough powerfull for everyday use.

Further informations: hinv output.

O2

Apple iBook G3 series ("pineapple")

The quite light (2.2 kg) but quite powerfull portable computer.

It includes the 600 MHz PowerPC G3 processor (from IBM, I guess), 384 MB of RAM and 40 GB harddisk and internal CD-ROM drive. It also includes WiFi card ("AirPort" by Apple) and 10/100 Mbit ethernet adapter (and also some other stuff like USB 1.1 and FireWire 400 ports or modem). It runs the Mac OS X system and I can use here all of my favourite programs.

iBook screen

Other systems I currently use

There are some other system that I use (well, less or more frequently but most of them I use only sometimes). There is an incomplete list:

  • Palm Vx - a small and light handheld machine
  • Apple Power Macintosh 6100/60 - the first PowerPC-based desktop computer ever sold by Apple (60 MHz PowerPC 601 processor, 48 MB of RAM, 256 MB and 510 MB disks), it's my Classic Mac OS playground (it runs Mac OS 8.0)
  • Apple Power Mac G4 (Sawtooth) - the first Apple's machine with AGP graphics (450 MHz G4 processor, 385 MB of RAM, 20 GB disk, ZIP and DVD-ROM drives), is't a testing and number-crunching box and it runs Ubuntu Linux
  • Sun Ultra 5 - and older desktop box from the Sun, it's rather limited (basic 8bit graphics only, 128 MB of RAM, 4 GB disk, 270 MHz UltraSPARC II processor) but it's usefull for porting to the Solaris or as an X terminal
  • Sun Ultra 20 - a workstation (err.. PeeCee) from Sun (1.8 GHz AMD Opteron 144 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 80 GB disk ... not so bad at all), it runs the Slamd64 10.2 operating system
  • SGI Indigo2 IMPACT - a purple noisy monster (R4400SC 250 MHz processor only, 196 MB of RAM, 9 GB disk), now it's only a backup machine and a heating device
  • SGI Indy - a small, quiet and nice workstation (R4400SC 175 MHz processor, 128 MB of RAM, 18 GB disk and the famous IndyCam camera), it's probably the coolest desktop workstation ever built
  • Toshiba DynaBook Sattelite 110CT notebook (100 MHz Pentium processor, 24 MB of RAM, 6 GB disk, Slackware Linux 9.0 operating system, PCMCIA ethernet card) - a rather heavy (4 kg) but durable portable machine