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OSNews, Generic OSes "HP has announced the end of support for OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT. OpenVMS started out as VAX/VMS on Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX minicomputers, then later was ported to DEC's fast Alpha RISC chips " before the Compaq acquisition of Digital led to their untimely demise. HP ported the software to the Itanium, but HP isn't going to bother moving to the last generation of IA64 and support will finally end in 2015." The article seems to have confused the end of support of VMS (which projected to happen some time after December 2020) with the end of IA64 sales for machines that support VMS and/or the end of support of the Alpha version of the operating system, but it seems either way that the venerable operating system is on its way to meeting the same fate as MPE.
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I think HP killing off PA-RISC was its big mistake though.

IBM does quite well with AIX/Linux machines running POWER CPUs and HP could be competing in that space with HP-UX/Linux on PA-RISC. Betting on IA64 was a poor choice, but I don't blame HP for that as Intel of course made the same bet. But at least Intel saw the daylight breaking through the clouds almost a decade ago and re-focused on amd64 *cough* I mean x86-64.

Linux running on POWER servers? I dont see the point of doing that. The old Westmere-EX was only 12% slower than POWER7 on some benchmarks like SAP. Then we had several new generations of x86 and soon IvyBridge-EX will be released which is much faster than Westmere-EX. So why would anyone want to run Linux on an expensive POWER7 server, instead on an cheap x86?

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jockm Member since:

Why don't you ask them? Because the previous poster wasn't talking about something theoretical, but something a fair number of IBM customers do run Linux on the Power7 architecture.

I think the reason that HP didn't go that route was that there are only so many architectures people are going to put up with. And in a field at the top that is x86, Power, and SPARK, there wasn't room for one more player.

Not to mention the cost involved with keeping the architecture competitive with the previously mentioned trio. It was easier and cheaper to go to x86 (and Itanium) and differentiate other ways.

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voidlogic Member since:

Maybe you want 32 sockets? Maybe POWER has instructions useful to your problem domain? Maybe its because POWER like Itanium has HA features that haven't made it into x86 yet?

You make it seem like it is a very "out there" proposition, when it is not. Obviously the common use case is well matched with amd64, and that is the use case amd64 is tailored too.

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