A Dutch company has released an Alpha emulator for Windows XP (what’s with the buzz around Alpha lately, people?). From their website: “The PersonalAlpha software lets you run your Alpha/OpenVMS software on a standard Personal Computer. Imagine running your VMS- programs on your office PC, notebook or computer at home. Develop, test and run Alpha/OpenVMS applications wherever you are. This product proves that Alpha-virtualization in software is possible and commercially available. PersonalAlpha is the 32-bit prelude to a suite of 64-bit VirtualAlpha software products that Emulators International soon will release. These solutions allow you to replace your Alpha computers without changing the applications.”
PersonalAlpha: Alpha Emulated on Windows XP
2006-01-24 Hardware 14 Comments
At $465 I’d be more interested in seeing Alpha support in QEmu. Though I guess I am approaching this as a tinkerer and not as someone needing production quality support.
This product proves that Alpha-virtualization in software is possible
Wow! So what is the trouble with emulation of RISC cpu on x86?
Buy and try PersonalAlpha to decide whether VirtualAlpha is a viable solution for your problem.
Hmm, did i understand them correctly?
I think $465 is too much for trying the unknown software cpu emulator (well, with couple of devices).
Buy an alpha based processor system on Ebay, that way you can run OpenVMS/Linux/xBSD/Tru64 without any problems. And they are cheaper than $465.
This cracked me up. Back in the day when I was an undergrad, we had several VaxVMS systems. If you could get an open terminal (yes, I’m old) you would still get bogged down on a loaded system.
Having a personal VMS system would have been great back then!