luke at foolishgames.com
Wed Jan 14 07:25:04 PST 2004
From my understanding a DEC Alpha system contained an Alpha processor.
I don't know a lot about them, but I believe they are RISC based and
had a portion of the chip that was programmable for the operating
system to add custom instructions to. There was a windows NT 4 port to
the alpha and DEC and later compaq/hp had a Unix for them as well.
Some alpha systems are still in production use. I know a college
around here that uses it for a custom security system with keycards.
The software they use was never ported to the x86 version (IA32 for
people who hate that term) of NT4.
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