Re: C64 cluster

From: Anders Carlsson (
Date: 2007-11-06 21:51:48

Marko Mäkelä wrote:

> loads 192+2 bytes [..] in 10 to 15 seconds.

There also was some burglar alarm in the late 1980's that loaded its
software this way.

Another approach would be if TFE, RR-net or any other existing network
interface had a boot ROM that could be utilized to load clustering

By the way, is it specified what the cluster will do? I saw that VCF
has planned a C64 cluster thrice since 1999, and once it was mentioned
to be used as a giant, 48 voice synchronized SID chip.

I believe the VIC-20 using a 1540 can automatically load an USR file
and thus could be made to auto-boot, just like the C128 of course can.
It would be interesting to build a caching VIC-switch which lets 8-16
VIC-20's one by one access one common 1540 to load the cluster software,
but I don't know how or if the nodes would communicate with eachother.

Anders Carlsson

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