Terrorbyte loved sitting around|
the campfire, discussing the good old days
slot expansion in SPARC systems|
Ever since the first SPARC
systems hit the market in 1987 there have always been some applications which
needed more bus adapter slots than came as standard with factory fresh servers.
The company I worked for in the 1980's built systems for real-time
applications which needed much more slots than the 12 or so which came standard
from Sun. No problem.. we bought Sun motherboards and integrated them into
wider (faster) busses, or used VME to VME bus expansion cards.
situation with the SBus (introduced 1989) was even worse, because a typical
server had only 4 slots. So
Boxes appeared from numerous sources early on. So by the time PCI made its
first appearance in SPARC systems in 1996 the type of solution was already