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FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

 
B Claremont
Frequent Advisor

FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

FreeAXP is a virtual Alpha solution currently hosted under Windows. We'd like to make OpenVMS and Tru64 users aware of the product and encourage you to test it and provide feedback. FreeAXP is available free of charge for personal and commercial use.

Along with being useful in its own right, FreeAXP™ is the technology demonstrator for Avanti™, our commercial Alpha emulator. Visit the FreeAXP home page for download, documentation, and forum links:

http://www.freeaxp.com

Please post product questions and feedback in the FreeAXP forum hosted by OpenVMS Hobbyist. You'll find the link on the FreeAXP home page.
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cdan
Frequent Advisor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

I'm looking forward to see next beta version.
Present version is still crashing when using images installed under Personal Alpha, even if last release notes are mentioning support for IdleLoop, which was causing crash in previous versions.
It looks very promising, with the support for more systems running in the same time and 2 possible network cards FastFD, ideal for experimenting with clusters.
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

cdan,

please provide details about the crashes you're seeing in the FreeAXP forum at:

http://www.openvmshobbyist.com/forum/viewforum.php?forum_id=163

I would be glad to help analyse those problems.

Volker.
John McL
Trusted Contributor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

Bruce, what's HP's position (if it has one) on this software?

B Claremont
Frequent Advisor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

- They supported initial development with access to internal resources.

- They "encourage" competition in this product space.

- They offer transfer licenses for "other" emulators.

- We are the "other" guys and gals.
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Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

John,

please see HP's license transfer page for 'emulators':

http://www.openvms.compaq.com/openvms/sri-charon-vax-emulator.html

Although the file name of this page seems to be biased for a specific set of emulators, the wording on that page tries to be more 'generic'. It even mentions SIMH/VAX.

Bruce should certainly try to include a reference to Avanti, once this becomes an established product.

Volker.
Nadeem Abdul Aziz
Occasional Contributor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

I tried Alphastation 255 openvms 7.1 H2 version image on personel alpha but it failed due to license issues .

Next i tried the same with freeaxp . There was improvement and no license violation messages appear but still Decnet-plus is not operating and TP server process did not start due to either Decnet -plus has not started or SYS$NODE_FULLNAME is not defined ??

Note that this image is from a working system so there should not be any constraint other than hardware emulation mismatch ?

Please advise how i can change the NODE NAME and get the TP services running

Nadeem Aziz
Joseph Huber_1
Honored Contributor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

Nadeem,
Whatever is in the attachment, please use a file-format VMS users can display.

The missing sys$node* logical is a consequence of DECnet not starting.
If the system disk is a copy of an existing system, then probably the network devices configured are not the same.
A "@NET$CONFIGURE ADVANCED" should establish the correct network device environment.
Also -if the emulated VMS is part of an existing network- change node name and address, as well as the VMS nodename and scssystemid (see sys$system:modparams.dat, change, and use autogen to set the new parameter for reboot).

TCPIP (TP ?) has to be setup by @tcpip$config.
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Bhadresh
Trusted Contributor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

SYS$NODE_FULLNAME is being defined by NET$STARTUP.COM. In your system either DECnet is not configured or DECnet is not started. Start the DECnet and verify whether logical SYS$NODE_FULLNAME is present. If not, do the DECnet configuration to resolve the issue.

Have a look at following guide to know how to configure DECnet:
http://h71000.www7.hp.com/doc/83final/decnetplus/dnet_ig.pdf

Also Add DECnet startup in your startup procedure, so whenever system starts DECnet gets started automatically.

Regards,
Bhadresh
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Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

Bhadresh,


Also Add DECnet startup in your startup procedure, so whenever system starts DECnet gets started automatically.


As this system is running DECnet-OSI, there is NO NEED to add DECnet startup to the startup procedure, as OpenVMS itself will automatically start DECnet.

Volker.