[C19: from STAR + FISH, due to it's appearance]
- any echinoderm of the class Asteroidea, such as Asterias rubens, typically having a flattened body covered with a flexible test and five arms raidiating from a central disc.
[on the stairs]
How and when machine obtained:
- Starfish was given to the UCC in 1995, by UWA's Centre for Water Research. Kind engineering types, who give us a lot of obsolete or unserviceable gear.
History prior to arrival at UCC:
- Starfish used to smash numbers for CWR. With its vector processing units, it did a couple of hundred MFLOPS and used to do fluid dynamics simulations and other computationally intensive tasks.
UCC history of machine:
- The machine was moved from the UCC to a cupboard about 100 metres away in the Guild, due to weight, noise and power drain problems.
- Installed in its new alcove, it sounded like a continuously vacuuming janitor or a new largish air-conditioner had been installed in the Guild building.
- After noise complaints, it was moved back to the UCC as variously an NFS server, FTP server and xntpd host.
- Starfish was one of the primary motivations behind the machine room...
Current machine tasks:
Current software configuration:
- Running StarOS [like SunOS 4.1.1]
Current hardware configuration:
- A Star 910/VP [a Sun 4 clone made by Star Systems]
- 128Mb memory
- 2 * 760MB Imprimis SCSI disks
- Wangtek 150MB QIC tape
- Interphase Dual channel SCSI controller
- Interphase 40MHz Sparc CPU card
Future plans for machine:
- Talk is afoot about trying to port S/linux to it (why should the AP1000 have all the fun?) or maybe NetBSD/OpenBSD, so as to try and get a working compiler and make use of the 128MB.
- The machine is very heavy, very large and very very noisy. Unfortunately Star Technologies is no more, so any information that anyone might have about the 910/VP would be of value to us!
- Decommissioned 04/2000 due to large size and low processing power! Given to Simon Fryer on indefinite loan.
- Centre for Water Research