The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

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The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by Irinikus » Fri May 25, 2018 11:12 am

Here is a publication by Michael Frank Deering, the man who created this monstrous graphics card:

http://www.michaelfrankdeering.com/Proj ... /Zulu.html

I just thought that I would post a few pictures of my XVR-4000, as there are basically no pictures of this piece of hardware available on the web:
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It's about three times as powerful as an SGI V12 and has nine times the geometry performance of an SGI Infinite Reality III sytem.

According to Michael Frank Deering (it's creator), "This product still has by far the highest final antialiased pixel quality of any real-time machine ever built."
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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by Jammaster » Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:04 pm

It take a cpu slot on a v880?

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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by commodorejohn » Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:28 pm

Haha, wow, what a beast. Definitely want to see some demos out of this thing when you finally get yours up and running.
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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by Irinikus » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:00 pm

Jammaster wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:04 pm
It take a cpu slot on a v880?
Thats correct, it slots directly into the Fireplane.

Hence, you can have a maximum of only 6 CPU's and 48GB of ram in the machine with one of these things fitted.
commodorejohn wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:28 pm
Haha, wow, what a beast. Definitely want to see some demos out of this thing when you finally get yours up and running.
Me too!
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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by johnny_b » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:29 am

A real monster, congrats! Man, I need to see those demos :)
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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by Irinikus » Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:32 am

johnny_b wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:29 am
A real monster, congrats! Man, I need to see those demos :)
Thanks, I just wish that there were other members here who also had one of these little monsters, as I'm pretty much on my own when it comes to this thing.

If all goes well I should have all of the peripherals needed to run the machine later this month!

Getting hold of software that will demonstrate it's capabilities might be a bit of a challenge though! :(
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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by johnny_b » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:45 am

Yeah, probably because it's a rare and expensive piece and it needs a big, noisy and hungry machine to run :|

My current working room is quite small so all big iron went away when we moved. I'm out of big iron league :)
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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by Irinikus » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:03 am

johnny_b wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:45 am
Yeah, probably because it's a rare and expensive piece and it needs a big, noisy and hungry machine to run :|

My current working room is quite small so all big iron went away when we moved. I'm out of big iron league :)
The V880z doesn't really take up that much space and it can be used as a side-table to your desk (It's slightly narrower than an Onyx2 and about 1.5 times as deep, and has castering wheels and a flat top!)

The only problem is the noise it makes! I'm not over-exaggerating when I say that it's probably about 10 times louder than my Tezro, it's awfully loud!
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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by Irinikus » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:49 pm

Here's a reasonable pic of an XVR-4000 with it's shroud removed: (Not mine)

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I found these slides in a pdf that give you some kind of an idea as to the XVR-4000's graphical performance when it comes to molecular modelling:

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Re: The SUN Microsystems XVR-4000 Graphics Accelerator

Post by johnnym » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:43 pm

Irinikus wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:49 pm
I found these slides in a pdf that give you some kind of an idea as to the XVR-4000's graphical performance when it comes to molecular modelling:
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Wow, I couldn't imagine how big this graphics "card" is until I saw it in the hands of the guy in the picture. Geez!
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