Field-Tests für OpenVMS 8.4-2 auf der Zielgeraden

22.2.2016 - VMS Software Inc. (VSI) ist mit den Field-Tests für die neue Release von OpenVMS 8.4-2 auf der Zielgeraden.

Gemeinsam mit 42 externen Testern aus der ganzen Welt wurde die neue Release von OpenVMS ausführlich getestet. VSI erntete dabei überaus positives Feedback:

I just have to complement VSI on the field test of OpenVMS E8.4-2. I have been testing our security product, System Detective, on the field test for 8.4-2 and it seems to work perfectly. Upwards compatibility has been a big deal in OpenVMS since the beginning and VSI is keeping it up. Many thanks to the folks at VSI.

Warren Kahle CISSP
CSA CSE Security+
PointSecure Technologies Inc.
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Unter anderem werden wir in der neuen Release, die für Ende März 2016 angekündigt ist, folgende Features vorfinden:

  • 64 core Support für BL890c i4
  • Support für die UEFI 2.3 Plattform Firmware
  • Tunable Backup Compression
  • VSI Enterprise Directory 5.7
  • Neuer Secure Web Server auf Basis von Apache 2.4.12
  • Support für Integrity x7640 und x8640


VMS Quality for 8.4-2

22.12.2015 - Immer wieder sprechen wir von der überragenden Qualität von OpenVMS. Doch was bedeutet das eigentlich?

Sue Skonetsky (VP Customer Advocacy, VMS Software Inc) liefert uns dafür ein anschauliches Beispiel:

The VSI team is doing final qualification testing for 8.4-2 Field Test. We are accumulating test hours, stabilizing the code base, fixing problems making VMS better for you.

To date, VMS Software has put over 100,000 hours into testing VMS to ensure that you continue to get the quality you expect from VMS. Since we test continually, this number is always increasing. This is in addition to the countless hours done on previous versions.

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Prosit Neujahr, OpenVMS

17. November 2017 - Prosit Neujahr, OpenVMS!

Wie viele von Ihnen, die sich schon seit Jahren mit OpenVMS beschäftigen, wissen, ist der 17. November ein spezielles Datum im OpenVMS Jahreszyklus. Wir erlauben uns daher, Ihnen einen Artikel von (VSI) anzubieten, der sich mit diesem besonderen Tag beschäftigt:

Folks who spend, or have spent, a lot of time working with, in and around VMS probably know but, HAPPY NEW YEAR! That's right! According to the internal VMS calendar today, November 17, is start of the new year. Doing math (courtesy of an email forwarded to me from 2008 originally written by Andy Goldstein) this is year 158 of about 25,000 at which point the time format will run out. Although by then I'm sure our engineers will have come up with a solution. Want to know why VMS is adamant that November 17, 1858 is the beginning of time? Keep reading! (Thanks to Matt Booth for send all this good stuff out!)

Why OpenVMS regards November 17, 1858 as the beginning of time...

The modified Julian date adopted by SAO (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) for satellite tracking is Julian Day 2400000, which turns out to be November 17, 1858.

SAO started tracking satellites with an 8K (nonvirtual) 36-bit IBM 704 in 1957 when Sputnik went into orbit. The Julian day was 2435839 on January 1, 1957. This is 11225377 octal, which was too big to fit into an 18-bit field. With only 8K of memory, the 14 bits left over by keeping the Julian date in its own 36-bit word would have been wasted. They also needed the fraction of the current day (for which 18 bits gave enough accuracy), so it was decided to keep the number of days in the left 18 bits and the fraction of a day in the right 18 bits of one word.

Eighteen bits allows the truncated Julian day (the SAO day) to grow as large as 262143, which from November 17, 1858, allowed for 7 centuries. Possibly, the date could only grow as large as 131071 (using 17 bits), but this still covers 3 centuries and leaves the possibility of representing negative time. The 1858 date preceded the oldest star catalogue in use at SAO, which also avoided having to use negative time in any of the satellite tracking calculations.

Quelle: vmssoftware, inc. Facebook Page und vereint

22.10.2015 - Die Sites und wurden zusammengelegt.

Seit kurzem sind die bisher getrennt operierenden OpenVMS orientierten Sites zu einem gemeinsamen Internetauftritt vereint.