5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals
Core Systems Inc, 1605 12th Ave Seattle WA 98122 
(800) 329-2449  fax: (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals
Core Systems Inc, 1605 12th Ave Seattle WA 98122 
(800) 329-2449  fax: (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals
Core Systems Inc, 1605 12th Ave Seattle WA 98122 
(800) 329-2449  fax: (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals
Core Systems Inc, 1605 12th Ave Seattle WA 98122 
(800) 329-2449  fax: (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals
Core Systems Inc, 1605 12th Ave Seattle WA 98122 
(800) 329-2449  fax: (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals
Core Systems Inc, 1605 12th Ave Seattle WA 98122 
(800) 329-2449  fax: (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals

Core Systems Inc
1605 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122 
Phone (800) 329-2449
Fax (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

Optimus Solutions
5825-A Peachtree Corners East
Norcross GA 30092
Phone 770-447-1951
Fax  678-291-9201
email  mark@optimussolutions.com
<http://www.optimussolutions.com/>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals

Core Systems Inc
1605 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122 
Phone (800) 329-2449
Fax (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

Optimus Solutions
5825-A Peachtree Corners East
Norcross GA 30092
Phone 770-447-1951
Fax  678-291-9201
email  mark@optimussolutions.com
<http://www.optimussolutions.com/>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals

Core Systems Inc
1605 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122 
Phone (800) 329-2449
Fax (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

Optimus Solutions
5825-A Peachtree Corners East
Norcross GA 30092
Phone 770-447-1951
Fax  678-291-9201
email  mark@optimussolutions.com
<http://www.optimussolutions.com/>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals

Core Systems Inc
1605 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122 
Phone (800) 329-2449
Fax (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

Optimus Solutions
5825-A Peachtree Corners East
Norcross GA 30092
Phone 770-447-1951
Fax  678-291-9201
email  mark@optimussolutions.com
<http://www.optimussolutions.com/>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals

Core Systems Inc
1605 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122 
Phone (800) 329-2449
Fax (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

Optimus Solutions
5825-A Peachtree Corners East
Norcross GA 30092
Phone 770-447-1951
Fax  678-291-9201
email  mark@optimussolutions.com
<http://www.optimussolutions.com/>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals

Core Systems Inc
1605 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122 
Phone (800) 329-2449
Fax (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

Optimus Solutions
5825-A Peachtree Corners East
Norcross GA 30092
Phone 770-447-1951
Fax  678-291-9201
email  mark@optimussolutions.com
<http://www.optimussolutions.com/>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals

Core Systems Inc
1605 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122 
Phone (800) 329-2449
Fax (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

Optimus Solutions
5825-A Peachtree Corners East
Norcross GA 30092
Phone 770-447-1951
Fax  678-291-9201
email  mark@optimussolutions.com
<http://www.optimussolutions.com/>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------

5.00: Third party products


[ Ed.: Entries in this section are edited to prevent them from looking
  like advertising. Prices given may be obsolete. Companies mentioned
  are for reference only and are not endorsed in any fashion. ]

------------------------------

5.01: Non-IBM AIX hosts.


Bull <http://www.bull.com/> manufactures and sells AIX systems.  To
find a distributor in your country,  check the web page at
<http://www.bull.com/contact/cscall.htm> and/or
<http://www.bull.com/bullsite/bsit01_a.htm>.

Other vendors and manufactures include Motorola, Harris, General
Automation and Apple.

Kenetics Technology Inc.
35 Campus Drive
Edison NJ 08837
Contact : Brian Walsh
Phone - 908-805-0998
Fax  - 908-346-1288

Manufactures a Power PC based RS-6000 clone that runs AIX versions 
3.2.5 and 4.1.4.

A typical configuration with a 100 MHz Power PC 601 and 32 MB RAM, and 2 
GB Hard drive, monitor, keyboard and networking is about $4995.00

------------------------------

5.02: Disk/Tape/SCSI

From: anonymous

- Most SCSI disk drives work (IBM resells Maxtor, tested Wren 6&7 myself);
  use osdisk when configuring (other SCSI disk).

- Exabyte: Unfortunately only the ones IBM sells are working.
  A few other tape drives will work; 
  use ostape when configuring (other SCSI tape).

- STK 3480 "Summit": Works with Microcode Version 5.2b


>From: bell@hops.larc.nasa.gov (John Bell)
               
In summary, third party tape drives work fine with the RS/6000 unless 
you want to boot from them. This is because IBM drives have 'extended 
tape marks', which IBM claims are needed because the standard marks 
between files stored on the 8mm tape are unreliable. These extended 
marks are used when building boot tapes, so when the RS/6000 boots, it 
searches for an IBM tape drive and refuses to boot without it.

>From: jrogers@wang.com (John Rogers)

On booting with non-IBM SCSI tape drives: I haven't tried it myself but
someone offered:

Turn machine on with key in secure position.
Wait until LED shows 200 and 8mm tape has stopped loading.
Turn key to service position.


>From: amelcuk@gibbs.clarku.edu (Andrew Mel'cuk)

The IBM DAT is cheap and works.  If you get all the patches beforehand
(U407435, U410140) and remember to buy special "Media Recognition
System" tapes (Maxell, available from APS 800.443.4461 or IBM #21F8758)
the drive can even be a pleasure to use.  You can also flip a DIP switch
on the drive to enable using any computer grade DAT tapes (read the
hardware service manual).

Other DAT drives also work.  I have tried the Archive Python (works) and
experimented extensively with the Archive TurboDAT.  The TurboDAT is a
very fast compression unit, is not finicky with tapes and doesn't
require the many patches that the IBM 7206 does.  Works fine with the
base AIX 3.2 'ost' driver.


>From: pack@acd.ucar.edu (Daniel Packman)

>>You can boot off of several different brands of non-IBM Exabytes.
>>At least TTI and Contemporary Cybernetics have done rather complete
>>jobs of emulating genuine IBM products.

A model that has worked for us from early AIX 3.1 through 3.2 is a TTI
CTS 8210.  This is the old low density drive.  The newer 8510 is dual
density (2.2gig and 5gig).  Twelve dip switches on the back control the
SCSI address and set up the emulation mode.  These drives have a very
useful set of lights for read-outs (eg, soft error rate, tape remaining,
tape motion, etc.).

------------------------------

5.03: Memory


Nordisk Computer Services (Portland 503-598-0111, Seattle
206-242-7777) is reputed to have memory for use on AIX platforms.

5xx machines have 8 memory slots, 3x0s have 2, and 3x5s have only one.
You need to add memory in pairs for the 5xx machines excepting the 520.

RS/6000 Models 220, 230 and 250 can use "PS/2" style SIMM memory.  All
have 8 SIMM sockets.  60ns or better is needed for the 250, 70ns
should be OK in the 220 and 230.  The 220 and 230 are limited to 64MB
of memory, the 250 is limited to 256MB.


------------------------------

5.04: Others

From: anonymous
       
IBM RISC System/6000 Interface Products

National Instruments Corporation markets a family of instrumentation
interface products for the IBM RISC System/6000 workstation family.  The
interface family consists of three products that give the RISC
System/6000 connectivity to the standards of VMEbus, VXIbus and GPIB. 
For more information, contact National Instruments Corporation,
512-794-0100 or 1-800-433-3488.

------------------------------

5.05: C++ compilers


Several C++ compilers are available. You can choose from Glockenspiel,
Greenhills, IBM's xlC (sold seperately :), and GNU's g++. Glockenspiel
may now be part of Computer Associates. Comeau Computing
(718-945-0009) offers Comeau C++ 3.0 with Templates. For a full
development environment there's ObjectCenter's C++ (formerly Saber
C++).

------------------------------

5.06: Memory leak detectors


IBM's xlC comes with a product called the HeapView debugger that can
trace memory problems in C and C++ code.

SENTINEL has full memory access debugging capabilities including detection 
of memory leaks.  Contact info@vti.com (800) 296-3000 or (703) 430-9247.

Insight from ParaSoft (818) 792-9941.
There is also a debug_malloc posted in one of the comp.sources groups.

A shareware dmalloc is available.  Details at
<http://www.letters.com/dmalloc/>.

TestCenter is now available for the RS/6000.  It supports AIX 3.2.5
and AIX 4.1 on POWER, POWER2 and PowerPC machines.  More information
is available from <http://www.centerline.com/>.

Purify (408) 720-1600 is not availible for the RS/6000.

ZeroFault detects memory violations and leaks without recompiling or
relinking.  Works on all RS/6000 systems running AIX 3.2.5 or later,
DCE and pthreads.  Contact The Kernel Group, Inc. +1 512 433 3333, 
email <ZeroFault@tkg.com>, <http://www.tkg.com/>.

------------------------------

5.07: PPP


PPP does not come with AIX 3.2.x (only SLIP).

PPP support was announced for AIX 4.1.4, see:
<http://www.austin.ibm.com/software/OS/aix414.html>

David Crow caught the announcement of a non-IBM ppp package that
claims to support AIX 4.x.  More information is availible from
<http://www.thoughtport.com:8080/PPP/> or
<ftp://dcssoft.anu.edu.au/pub/ppp/ppp-2.2b1.tar.gz>

A comercial PPP for AIX is availible from Morningstar
(sales@morningstar.com or marketing@morningstar.com) (800) 558 7827.

------------------------------

5.08: Graphics adapters


Abstract Technologies Inc. (Austin TX, 512-441-4040, info@abstract.com)
has several high performance graphics adapters for the RS/6000.
1600x1200, 24-bit true-color, and low cost 1024x768 adapters are
available.  Retail prices are between US$1000-2000.

------------------------------

5.09: Training Courses


Email training@skilldyn.com with "help" in the body of the message for
information about how to receive a list course descriptions for AIX*
and/or UNIX* courses offered by Skill Dynamics.

------------------------------

5.10: Hardware Vendors


New & Used RS6000s, peripherals

Core Systems Inc
1605 12th Ave
Seattle WA 98122 
Phone (800) 329-2449
Fax (206) 329-3799
<http://www.corsys.com/homeworld>

Optimus Solutions
5825-A Peachtree Corners East
Norcross GA 30092
Phone 770-447-1951
Fax  678-291-9201
email  mark@optimussolutions.com
<http://www.optimussolutions.com/>

------------------------------

5.11: Debugging aides

From: Curt Finch <curt@tkg.com>

SCTrace reports system calls (and more) made by an AIX process.
SCTrace from SevOne Software <http://www.tkg.com>.  It is $199 and a
demo is available from <ftp://ftp.tkg.com/pub/sevone/sctrace-demo.tar.Z>.

------------------------------