VAX 780 on eBay

David Barto david at
Mon Jan 3 12:40:11 CST 2022

> On Jan 3, 2022, at 10:19 AM, Ethan Dicks via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 12:29 PM Bill Gunshannon via cctalk
> <cctalk at> wrote:
>> On 1/3/22 11:50 AM, Ethan Dicks via cctalk wrote:
>>> I'll agree with that.  We used to run 40-50 users on our 8MB 11/750
>>> (with both CMI and Unibus disk) but it did do some swapping over 8-10
>>> users.
>> You obviously didn't use the Ada compiler.  :-)
>> Or Eunice, for that matter.
> Hell no!
> 90% of our work was in C, the rest in m68k assembler (our own), VAX
> MACRO, or FORTRAN.  We started off with Whitesmith's C then by the
> late 80s also used DEC's VAX C.
> Compiling all the code for our product took the 11/750 6 hours to
> compile and link plus an additional 2 hours for an 11/730 to link
> under a different version of VMS.  8 hours total to rebuild totally
> from source.  Some things about the good old days weren't so good.
> -ethan

At my current $WORK it takes a 40 core linux box with 200GB of RAM
22 hours to rebuild our source tree from scratch.

So for some of us it hasn’t gotten any better over the years.


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