State of the Port

OpenVMS on x86 was made available to the first customer on May 15, 2020. With the 26-Aug Release V9.0-D, there are now 25 external users testing the system. The rollout plan is to continue adding at least five more customers for each of two additional releases in 2020. Given customer feedback and our own development progress, we will announce a new rollout plan for the first few months for 2021 early in the year.

With each release more features become available along with increased stability. To date all users run x86 OpenVMS as a Virtual Box or KVM guest. VSI provides an appliance file (.OVA) which the customer downloads. Release Notes and updated documentation are also provided. Components of the Cross Tools Kit are updated as needed with each release. The appliance is a preconfigured OpenVMS system. After importing the appliance, the customer simply starts the guest and OpenVMS boots. After executing the standard startup procedure, the system is ready for user login.

The appliance has SSL and VSI TCPIP installed and the customer does a standard network configuration specific to their local network address. TELNET and FTP are the network applications available in this release.

CSWS, FMS, and SSM kits are on the appliance and can be installed. The V9.0-D release added

  • DECram
  • SMP
  • XFC (file cache)
  • CSWS (Apache)

With each release more core operating system features will be available. Also, layered products and additional compilers (in the Cross Tools Kit) will be ready for use.

New additions targeted for the 14-October V9.0-E release are:

  • DECthreads
  • Hypersort
  • DECnet IV
  • DCPS


Below are a few snippets from the terminal. We have much testing work yet to do, but the fundamentals of multiprocessing are now in place. The following is from a KVM guest.