12 Facts About Tandem Computers


Tandem Computers, Inc was the dominant manufacturer of fault-tolerant computer systems for ATM networks, banks, stock exchanges, telephone switching centers, and other similar commercial transaction processing applications requiring maximum uptime and zero data loss.

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Tandem Computers was founded by Jimmy Treybig in 1974 in Cupertino, California.

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In 1986 Tandem Computers introduced the first fault-tolerant SQL database, NonStop SQL.

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In 1987 Tandem Computers introduced the NonStop CLX, a low-cost less-expandable minicomputer system.

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In 1989 Tandem Computers introduced the NonStop Cyclone, a fast but expensive system for the mainframe end of the market.

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Tandem Computers offices were shaken, but no one was badly hurt on site.

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Tandem Computers's message-based NonStop operating system had advantages for scaling, extreme reliability, and efficiently using expensive "spare" resources.

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When Tandem Computers was formed in 1974, every computer company had to design and build its CPUs from basic circuits, using its own proprietary instruction set and own compilers etc.

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In 1993, Tandem Computers released the NonStop Himalaya K-series with the faster MIPS R4400, a native mode NSK, and fully expandable Cyclone system components.

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In 1997 Tandem Computers introduced the NonStop Himalaya S-Series with a new top-level system architecture based on ServerNet connections.

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Tandem Computers designed ServerNet for its own needs but then promoted its use by others; it evolved into the InfiniBand industry standard.

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Tandem Computers was then midway in porting its NonStop product line from MIPS R12000 microprocessors to Intel's new Itanium Merced microprocessors.

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