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09 Jun 1996

Pictures of the MIT 6180

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These pictures were taken about December 1972, and used in a Honeywell brochure announcing the then-new 6180. The official announcement of the system was at the Boston Museum of Science in early 1973. The PR agency's text is awkward and obscure in places.

Multics machine room, 1973

HONEYWELL'S MULTICS is based on an enhanced version of the company's popular 6000 series of large-scale computers. Multics is a version of a system that evolved through more than seven years of joint development effort at MIT and is aimed at research, academic and network-oriented users who require unique security, programming and data base features.

Multics rings of protection

RINGS OF PROTECTION are a key element in Honeywell's advanced Multics computer system. The rings help control shared access of files in the system so that the owner of a file can allow "guests" to access a file under closely defined parameters. This ability makes Multics among the most secure general purpose computers in existence. Multics is a version of a system that has evolved through more than seven years of joint development effort at MIT.

Multics disk and tape drives

ON-LINE INFORMATION is a feature of Honeywell's advanced Multics computer system. Multics is a sophisticated virtual memory computer with paging and segmentation techniques to transfer elements of programs and data between disk and main memory as they are demanded by users of the system. All Multics software is free of core memory restraints and of any particular hardware configuration, and the total resources of the system are available on demand to any user. Multics is a version of a system that has evolved through more than seven years of joint development effort at MIT.

The young lady in the pictures is a model. The person in a tie is Dick Snyder. He writes:

I know that picture and it is indeed me. I remember being over in the machine room (Steve W and I pretty much lived there for 3 months while the 6180 (is that the number?) was being brought up at MIT) while they were shooting pictures and they asked me to stand there.

05/10/95, updated 06/09/96