MU5 Pictures

This page is dedicated to pictures of MU5.

MU5 Console

The MU5 Console as it was in May 2017 in the University of Manchester School of Computer Science. At the time it was left powered on with a static display of some lights, although you can see that one of the segments in the time display has failed. Since then the School has decided to only power it on for special occasions and when it is attended, because of the unknown state of the wiring inside and the attendant fire risk.

MU5 Console Lamps and Switches

The section of the console with the display lamps and switches. The lamps are covered with a Perspex panel that seems to have been a feature of the console because it holds in place a plastic overlay with the labels for the display lamps. Some of the labels appear to be handwritten. Unfortunately the Perspex created reflections from the room lights. The switches underneath also have a Perspex cover, but this is purely to protect the switches because the console is in a public area of the building.

These next three are the sheets that were left on the console when MU5 was decommissioned.

The following pictures were taken during the decommissioning of MU5 sometime in August or September 1982. They were sent to me by Prof. Greg Egan. He thought Pete Lomas had taken them, but Pete tells me it was not him, so the author of these pictures is unknown.

The following pictures were taken by Prof. Greg Egan.

MU5

A colour photograph of MU5 taken by Prof. Greg Egan. This is a slightly modified version of the picture sent to me, it has been corrected for white balance. The unit at the bottom right is System Performance Monitor (SPM).

MU5 Backplane

The MU5 backplane, taken by Prof. Greg Egan. This is a slightly modified version of the picture sent to me, it has been corrected for white balance.

MU5 Local Filestore

The MU5 local filestore, taken by Prof. Greg Egan. This is a slightly modified version of the picture sent to me, it has been corrected for white balance.

MU5 Paging Store

The MU5 paging store, taken by Prof. Greg Egan. This is a slightly modified version of the picture sent to me, it has been corrected for white balance.

MU5 Backing Filestore

The MU5 backing filestore, taken by Prof. Greg Egan. This is a slightly modified version of the picture sent to me, it has been corrected for white balance.

MU5 Gordon Frank & Ian Watson Terminal Room

Gordon Frank and Ian Watson in the terminal room, taken by Prof. Greg Egan. This is a slightly modified version of the picture sent to me, it has been corrected for white balance.

5 Responses to MU5 Pictures

  1. Prof Greg Egan says:

    There is an annotation on the back of one of the B&W photos attributing some words to Eric.

    • rjarratt says:

      Which photo and what does the annotation say? I can add it to the caption.

      • Prof Greg Egan says:

        Annotation is: “Eric: Thats the last ACC fault we get on here!”

        It is on the back of the photo with Eric looking on.

        btw Dropbox updated.

      • rjarratt says:

        Ah. I saw that and thought it was a picture of some kind of whiteboard, if such things existed then. I don’t know what Eric looked like, is it the one with two people looking at holes in the floor and someone else loading something onto a trolley?

  2. Prof Greg Egan says:

    Eric is supervising. You can tell this as he is the one with his hands on hips :).

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