Systems Engineering Laboratories - SEL History

Tony Aiuto tony.aiuto at
Sun Nov 8 21:02:41 CST 2020


Thanks for starting this. I've been doing little  updates to the SEL
wikipedia pages recently, but a dedicated site would be great.  I used the
machines heavily from 1977-1995, most of the 32/X series, as well as the
NP1.  AFAIK, I was the first person to get C++ (cfront) working under
Alas, I didn't save any literature from the period.

On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 4:34 PM Steve Malikoff via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> Al said
> > On 11/6/20 12:11 PM, Tom Uban via cctalk wrote:
> >> The ECL based logic was named "firebreather" for a reason. They were the
> >> fastest thing at the time.
> >
> > If you look at the Gould advertising at the time, it was a picture of a
> > fire-breathing dragon toasting a DEC salesman running away.
> The ad must have worked. Although our uni was the first in Australia to
> provide 11/780's
> for teaching and research, in later years third year comp sci was moved to
> a new Gould
> PN6080, because they got a good deal. Everyone just called it "the Gould".
> It's so hard to find a picture of this machine, a while ago I found an
> eBay ad for the
> PowerNode series which was about all I have.
> Steve.

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