Updates

This page is dedicated to communicating critical updates about VSI's engineering and business milestones to OpenVMS users, customers, and partners. As we accelerate our development of the world's most reliable operating system, we commit to updating you on a regular basis.

If you are specifically interested in VSI's port of OpenVMS to x86-64, click here to see our State of the Port page.


Engineering Updates

  • May 21, 2018 - Update 26

    Almost every major operating system, with the exception of OpenVMS, has been discovered to be vulnerable to attack due to a misinterpreted Intel CPU debug feature. A number of these other OS vendors have released, or are planning the release, of appropriate patches

    VSI OpenVMS is NOT vulnerable to this issue, primarily due to its different, four-mode architecture. Specifically, VSI OpenVMS is protected against CVE-2018-8897 because it does two things differently than other operating systems:

    1) OpenVMS doesn’t rely on the CS pushed in the interrupt stack frame to determine the previous mode. This means OpenVMS cannot be tricked into believing it was already in kernel mode when it was not, which is central to this vulnerability.

    2) OpenVMS uses a different method to switch GSBASE; OpenVMS always performs the switch and makes sure the user-mode GSBASE is always updated to match the kernel-mode GSBASE.

  • January 15, 2018 - Update 25

    VMS Software, Inc. has performed extensive research into the possible impact of the Spectre and Meltdown attacks on the OpenVMS platform.

    Click Here to view a letter outlining the results of VSI's research from VSI VP of Software Engineering, Eddie Orcutt.

  • October 6, 2017 - Update 23
    The October 'State of the Port to x86' provides an up-to-date progress report on the major projects in the development of OpenVMS for x86-64 architecture systems. Read about the major advancements that have been made since the July update.This quarterly update also announces the Boot Contest for OpenVMS on x86 - guess when OpenVMS first boots and be eligible to win a prize. Click to download.
  • September 25, 2017 - Update 22
    This latest 2017-2020 product roadmap includes specific updates for VSI OpenVMS releases on Alpha, Integrity, and x86. There is also further details about the x86 Early Adopters Kit (EAK) releases, V9.0 and V9.1. Click to download.
  • July 7, 2017 - Update 21
    The July State of the x86 Port includes a Project Summary section for non-engineers, or for a high-level view of the substantial work expended in this porting project. This summary is followed by more technical details of the progress of the development projects. In addition to those presented in April - compilers, objects/images, binary translator, early boot path, dump kernel, and conditional code verification, we have added SWIS, a debugger, and the cross build to provide a more comprehensive view of the overall project. Click to download.
  • June 7, 2017 - Update 20
    The June 2017 Roadmap includes updates on VSI OpenVMS V8.5, Integrity i6, Alpha support roadmap, iSCSI, and other key components of OpenVMS on Alpha, Integrity, and x86 hardware platforms.
  • April 3, 2017 - Update 19
    For the first time, the April State of the x86 Port includes a Project Summary section for non-engineers, or for a high-level view of the substantial work expended in this porting project. This summary is followed by more technical details discussing work performed on: compilers, objects/images, binary translator, early boot path, dump kernel, and conditional code verification.
  • March 6, 2017 - Update 18
    In addition to the expected OpenVMS rolling product roadmap, the document now includes the support roadmap. Of particular note is the new research effort to bring advanced blockchain technology to OpenVMS.
  • January 5, 2017 - Update 17
    This update provides a high level view of our current efforts to port OpenVMS to the Intel x86 hardware platform. The report highlights topics including: Compilers, Objects & Images, Early Boot Path, Virtual Machines, Dump Kernel, Paravirtualization, and Condition Handling. Click to download.
  • December 7, 2016 - Update 16
    This latest 2017-2019 product roadmap includes, among other things, the production release of VSI OpenVMS for Alpha and more details about the port of OpenVMS to the Intel x86-64 hardware platform.
  • September 6, 2016 - Update 15
    This product roadmap details our 2017 through 2019 plans for the platform. Of particular note are announcements about Java 1.8 and VSI's new, updated version of TCP/IP.
  • September 6, 2016 - Update 14
    This update provides a high level view of our current efforts to port OpenVMS to the Intel x86 hardware platform. The report highlights topics including: Code Generation, Re-Architecting the Early Boot Path, Dump Kernel, Boot Manager Graphical Interface, Memory Management, 2-Mode Prototyping, Paravirtualized Drivers, and Software Interrupt Services (SWIS). Click to download.
  • June 9, 2016 - Update 13
    New June 2016 roadmap features details about the OpenVMS V8.4-2L1 release, including updates to SSL, and JVMS: the Japanese version of OpenVMS and layered products. Check out the Products page for more information.
  • March 11, 2016 - Update 12
    This update provides a high level view of our current efforts to port OpenVMS to the Intel x86 hardware platform. The report highlights work completed to date and current, in-progress initiatives--especially regarding the early boot path and compilers. Click to download.
  • March 11, 2016 - Update 11
    New March 9, 2016 roadmap features many software component updates plus full support for HPE Integrity BL890c blade servers. OpenVMS now supports more cores (64) and memory (1.5TB) than ever before.
  • Feb 22, 2016 - Update 10
    VSI OpenVMS V8.4-2 Field Test Wrapping Up!

    VSI is wrapping up efforts on the external field test of our latest release, with active participation from 42 testers around the world.

    The release, which will officially be called VSI OpenVMS V8.4-2 when it becomes generally available in late March, offers some exciting new features including 64 core support for BL890c i4 systems, inclusion of the latest UEFI 2.3 platform firmware (modernization that was long overdue), and tunable Backup compression. In addition we’ve introduced VSI’s Enterprise Directory 5.7 and updated the Secure Web Server (based on Apache 2.4.12).

    As part of this release, we’ll support upgrades to VSI OpenVMS V8.4-2 from HPE versions as far back as HPE v8.3, and will add the Integrity x7640 and x8640 to the list of HPE servers on which customers can run VSI OpenVMS V8.4-2. As with our previous release, we’ve received positive customer feedback about the new features and improvements we’ve made, and we look forward to sharing this new release with our user base.
  • Dec 4, 2015 - Technical Update 9
    This latest roadmap includes updates since the last roadmap distributed at the 2015 OpenVMS Boot Camp. Check it out on the Products web page.
  • Oct 5, 2015 - Technical Update 8
    This latest roadmap was presented at the 2015 OpenVMS Boot Camp in Nashua, New Hampshire USA. Check it out on the Products web page. This roadmap will be updated every quarter hereafter.
  • July 30, 2015 - Technical Update 7
    A new OpenVMS rolling roadmap has been posted on the Products web page. This roadmap will be updated every quarter hereafter.
  • May 13, 2015 - Technical Update 6
    A round of congratulations goes to VSI's tireless development and lab/network support teams! They have pulled off the latest release of OpenVMS for Intel i4-based Integrity servers ahead of schedule.

    What makes this a remarkable release is that it happened concurrently with a massive effort to transition the OpenVMS development environment from India to Bolton, Massachusetts USA. The entire development enironment had to be reconstituted: build files, QTV servers, development servers, lab power/cooling, bug tracking, critical developer hires, etc. The VSI team is absolutely thrilled that our perseverence and absolute commitment to quality paid off. We look forward to customers harvesting the fruits of our labor!
  • April 8, 2015 - Technical Update 5
    VMS Software, Inc. is very pleased to announce on April 8, 2015 the availability of the OpenVMS E8.4-1H1 (field test) operating system for HP Integrity server platforms—the first release of the OpenVMS computing environment by VSI. OpenVMS E8.4-1H1 provides all of the features contained in HP OpenVMS v8.4 plus support for HP Integrity i4 servers based on the Intel Itanium 9500 series processors.

    During development of VSI OpenVMS E8.4-1H1, the VSI engineering team worked closely with the HP OpenVMS engineering team to assure consistency of code between HP and VSI. The code base of the VSI OpenVMS E8.4-1H1 operating system is based on HP OpenVMS v8.4 with Update1000. As such, the software functionality of OpenVMS E8.4-1H1 is identical to HP OpenVMS v8.4. To enable the HP Integrity i4 servers, OpenVMS E8.4-1H1 also includes a new network device driver to enable the BL8xxc i4 Lan On Motherboard (LOM) NIC. All of the operating environment testing and qualification was performed on the HP Integrity i4 and HP Integrity i2 servers and associated IO options.

    With one of the largest field test participation rates in OpenVMS history (we have 49 external field test participants worldwide!) we’ve already received positive feedback about the release and look forward to offering the final production kit later this spring.
  • February 24, 2015 - Technical Update 4
    A new roadmap has been uploaded to the site. Click here to download the roadmap (PDF).
  • January 20, 2015 - Technical Update 3
    For those of you who use PDF in your workflows and applications, we are happy to announce that OpenVMS 8.4-1H1 finally introduces support for PDF!
  • January 19, 2015 - Technical Update 2
    Thank you all for sending us your Field Test Applications. The response level from customers and partners was immediate and enthusiastic! Please note that the application period ended on January 15, 2015. We are no longer accepting further applications for Field Tests.
  • December 18, 2014 - Technical Update 1
    Development of the next release of OpenVMS 8.4-1H1 is in full swing! Three weeks ago, HP completed delivery of our first wave of test servers. Almost as fast as we could unpack the equipment, the lab team installed it, triggering the hiring of additional key development and QA employees—doubling our team.

    We are now preparing for a field test in February 2015, and invite interested customers and partners to apply for the limited number of tester slots available. The application form can be downloaded below. Completed forms are due by January 15, 2015.

    Download Application Form (PDF)