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Last Updated: 2021-02-20
- (2021-02-14) Timothy Stark has been working to add Alpha support to his MSE (Multi-System Emulator).
- (2020-11-05) Recently Tomáš Glozar has been working on a fork of ES40 called AXPbox. Based on a report from
Remy van Elst it is able to boot OpenVMS 8.4.
- (2020-09-23) There is now a fork of ES40 available from Martin Vorländer.
- (2020-09-23) DECaxp is now on gitlab.
- (2019-07-16) There is a new emulator DECaxp available. I'm not sure how ready for use it is, but am planning to give it a try.
- (2018-02-01) Working on major page updates
- (2006-01-22) SRI is working on an Alpha emulator
- (2003-04-03) Added Alpha page.
With HP no longer offering OpenVMS/VAX Hobbyist licenses. If you are a hobbyist looking to run OpenVMS, currently your best option is to either get one of the Alpha emulators up and running, or buy an inexpensive used Alpha or Itanium system.
OpenVMS users wishing to move their applications off of Legacy Hardware should be following the progress of VMS Software's x86 porting project. It will allow OpenVMS to run natively on Intel's 64-bit x86 architecture, this is the recommended target for any current or future porting efforts. https://vmssoftware.com/
Table of Contents
- Obtain an emulator
- Obtain Installation Documentation
- Obtain Software
- Obtain Further Documentation
- Adding Additional Software
- Mailing Lists
- Related Alpha Links
Step 1. Obtain an emulator:
- AXPbox is being worked on by Tomáš Gloza. It looks to be the DEC Alpha emulator to watch! I would recommend starting with this report from
Remy van Elst which details booting OpenVMS 8.4-2 from VSI.
- DECaxp is being worked on by Jonathan D. Belanger, and he is focused on emulating the 21264. The original github repository can be found here DECaxp.
- ES40 emulator
(development on the original project has been discontinued, however, it has now been forked several times)
- A fork by SMR11
- Fork of ES40 by Timothy Stark
- Fork of Tim Stark's ES40 Fork by Ingo Albrecht
- Remy van Elst has notes on building ES40 0.18 on Ubuntu 16.04, and trying to install OpenVMS 8.4 on it.
- Fork of ES40 by Martin Vorländer
- Work is being done to add DEC PWS 500au support to SIMH. Current efforts center around implementing the emulated hardware required to be able to boot the the SRM prompt.
- SRM support is required to be able to boot OpenVMS or Tru64.
- ARC support may come later, but would require VGA emulation. ARC support is required for Windows NT.
- Anyone interested, and able to assist with the effort should contact David T. Hittner via the SIMH email list.
processor simulator (now at v3.0e)
appears to implement an EV4 CPU.
- SimOS at Stanford, also see this FTP site, and this FTP site. (Dead Links)
- CHARON-AXP from Stromasys (originally SRI), supports OpenVMS, and Tru64 UNIX
- PersonalAlpha from Emulators International, a subsidiary of SRI, runs on XP and is available for personal use. It emulates a system with 96MB RAM, Ethernet, two disks, and Ethernet. Based on the information they provide on the website, it appears that they have limited the speed, and with it only emulating 96MB of RAM, you will run into serious performance problems there. I've not tried this product out as I prefer to run OpenVMS on real hardware.
(no longer available)
- AINT (Dead Link)
- Virtutech has some sort of model libraries that emulate an EV5.
(Virtutech is no longer around, the link points to Wind River)
- FreeAXP from Migration Specialties
- Avanti & AvantiFlex from Migration Specialties
- Runs OpenVMS 6.2 thru 8.4
- Runs Tru64 UNIX V3.2C thru V5.1B-6/Pk8
- AlphaVM-Free (no longer available)
- QEMU is not able to run OpenVMS or Tru64 at this time (Feb. 2018).
Step 2. Obtain Installation Documentation:
Step 3. Obtain Software:
- OpenVMS 8.4 and select Layered products are available through the Hobbyist Program
- Tru64 UNIX - eBay
- WASD VMS Web Services
- Process Software's Multinet TCP/IP Stack is an excellent alternative to the stack that HP ships, and they offer it to Hobbyists with a valid OpenVMS Hobbyist license.
- Process Software's TCPware TCP/IP Stack
- Process Software's PMDF Internet Messaging
- Process Software's PreciseMail Anti-Spam Gateway
- Oracle RDB (OTN Account required)
Step 4. Obtain Further Documentation
Step 5. Adding Additional Software
Related Alpha Links
- The roadmap on the VMS Software website for future releases of OpenVMS.
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