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Re: Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems



Rob Rodgers wrote:

> I like the NC concept -- it's time for a whole new generation to learn
> first-hand why time-sharing systems of the late-70s/early-80s were a bad
> thing, because people who should know better seem to have forgotten.
> 
> RSR

I had the same initial reaction. Didn't we do this before and hasn't the
last 
decade been devoted to moving computing to the edge of the network? Then
I
realized that the transitor radio seemed silly until you could carry it
in a
shirt pocket. There are many pluses to networked computing. Like
reliability
(because we can introduce redundancy) and scalability and mobility. NO,
I think
the market will love NC -- it is definitely not time-sharing (which by
the way
was very successful for a time) in the same sense. Of course, its not
"free"
either. Notice that they cracked some encryption scheme a few months
back using
all the processors on the campus as a network computer.
-- 

Ian Bruce
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