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HP OpenVMS Version 7.3-2 supports AlphaServer GS1280, ES80, and ES47 systems

The HP OpenVMS V7.3-2 release began shipping to customers in December, 2003 and includes support for all AlphaServer systems currently in production. In addition, all supported features in OpenVMS V7.3-1 that are described in previous announcements on this page are also supported in this latest release of the operating system.

HP OpenVMS V7.3-2 provides additional I/O and SMP performance enhancements, as well as expanded SAN features, new security, and UNIX portability. For more information, please reference the following:

» HP OpenVMS supports 1.3 GHz and 1.15 GHz CPUs on AlphaServer systems
» OpenVMS V7.3-2 shipping information
» OpenVMS V7.3-2 product announcement

OpenVMS support for the new AlphaServer systems

HP OpenVMS is pleased to announce support for the newest HP AlphaServer systems, the AlphaServer GS1280, ES80, and ES47 systems. These systems, based on the EV7 processor, represent a major evolutionary leap in performance breakthroughs. The new AlphaServer systems running OpenVMS combine performance, scalability, and availability features that re-define mission-critical enterprise and high-performance computing.

The performance improvements of OpenVMS V7.3-1 and the state-of-the-art hardware architecture of the new AlphaServer systems, including the mesh architecture and low latency I/O subsystem, will provide customers with robust and cost-effective systems.

For more information about OpenVMS V7.3-1, see the following:

HP OpenVMS New Features and Release Notes for HP AlphaServer ES47, ES80, and GS1280 Series Systems [PDF]

» OpenVMS V7.3-1 shipping information
» OpenVMS V7.3-1 product announcement
» OpenVMS Cluster software for OpenVMS V7.3-1
» HP OpenVMS Cluster software—the cornerstone of high availability

OpenVMS support for Galaxy on OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1 and for AlphaServer GS1280 Model 64 systems

On October 20, 2003, HP announced support for the AlphaServer GS1280 Model 64 systems (as well as many other new hardware and software products). This date also marked the beginning of support for Galaxy on OpenVMS Alpha V7.3-1. The following information will assist you in using these new features:

For detailed configuration support on the new AlphaServer GS1280 Model 64 system, as well as up-to-date information on any of these new systems, please refer to the AlphaServer QuickSpec for your system.

» More information on OpenVMS Galaxy

OpenVMS support for 32-processor AlphaServer GS1280 systems and additional hardware options

On July 21, 2003, OpenVMS announced support for 32-processor AlphaServer GS1280 systems and for additional hardware options for the AlphaServer ES47, ES80, and GS1280 systems. Support details include the following:

  • 32 processors for AlphaServer GS1280 systems. This doubles the number of processors available in this series. Support for 64-processor AlphaServer GS1280 systems is planned for the end of this year.
  • 2GB, 64-Bit/66-MHz PCI-to-Fibre Channel host bus adapter, model number KGPSA-EA (261329-B21). This new, host-based adapter, also known as the LP9802, supports 64-bit PCI through one external channel that is an LC optical (SFF) connector. To support this new host bus adapter, the latest Fibre Channel/SCSI patch kit is required (dec-axpvms- vms731_fibre_scsi-v3004 or higher). Boot support is not available for this adapter on OpenVMS Alpha V7.3-1.
  • 2D and 3D graphics support by means of the PCI variant of the ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card (3X-PBXGG-AA) and a graphics software kit (VMS731_GRAPHICS-V0200 or higher). Until now, support for this graphics card was limited to the AGP card (3X-PBXGG-AB).

For detailed configuration support, please refer to the AlphaServer QuickSpec for your system.

OpenVMS support for additional hardware on new HP AlphaServer systems

In May 2003, OpenVMS announced support for the following additional features and hardware options on the latest release of the AlphaServer ES47, ES80, and GS1280 systems:

  • Hard partitions, which enable you to run multiple instances of the operating system concurrently in physically separate parts of the computer. This configuration makes it possible for you to dedicate one partition to running one or more applications, dedicate another partition to running one or more different applications, and so on, with maximum hardware security for each partition. Hard partition support requires updated firmware (V6.5 console set) and a hard partitioning patch kit (VMS731_PARTITIONING-V0100).
  • 2D and 3D graphics support by means of the ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card and a graphics software kit (VMS731_GRAPHICS-V0100). Support for the adapter on additional AlphaServer systems will be announced shortly.
  • X.25 and WANDD support by means of the PBXDD card and an update to the X.25 and WANDD software (X25_V16ECO1 kit).

Also included are patch kits that resolve the issues with CPUSPINWAIT and with logging an incorrect severity level for environmental events. The CPUSPINWAIT problem has been fixed with the VMS731_Graphics-V0100 patch kit, and the Environmental Events Logged with Incorrect Severity Level problem has been resolved with the VMS731_CPU270F-V0100 patch kit.

The updated HP OpenVMS New Features and Release Notes for HP AlphaServer ES47, ES80, and GS1280 Series Systems, which includes detailed information about this additional support, will be available on this website by May 21, 2003.

For detailed configuration support, please reference the AlphaServer QuickSpec for your system.

OpenVMS support for Gigabit Ethernet Clusters on the new AlphaServer systems

The new AlphaServer ES47 and GS1280 systems on OpenVMS now support clusters with the new TIGON III (Broadcom BCM5703) Gigabit Ethernet adapters 3X-DEGXA-SA and 3X-DEGXA-TA. HP OpenVMS New Features and Release Notes for HP AlphaServer ES47 and GS1280 Series Systems has been updated to reflect this support.

For detailed information on configuration support, including the OpenVMS software patch kits needed to support the DEGXA adapters on the new AlphaServer systems, please refer to the following web pages:

HP AlphaServer ES47 supported option details
» PCI-X/PCI TO SINGLE-PORT MMF GIGABIT ETHERNET SERVER NIC (USES BRDCM 5703S)
» PCI-X/PCI TO SINGLE-PORT UTP GIGABIT ETHERNET SERVER NIC

HP AlphaServer GS1280 supported option details
» PCI-X/PCI TO SINGLE-PORT MMF GIGABIT ETHERNET SERVER NIC (USES BRDCM 5703S)
» PCI-X/PCI TO SINGLE-PORT UTP GIGABIT ETHERNET SERVER NIC

Note  Both the 3X-DEGXA-SA and 3X-DECXA-TA Gigabit Ethernet adapters are supported on additional AlphaServer systems. Please consult your local reseller or HP account representative for ordering information.

Next-generation HP AlphaServer systems

For more information about next-generation HP AlphaServer systems, click the following links:

» Announcing the next-generation HP AlphaServer systems
» Next-generation HP AlphaServer systems (whitepaper)
» HP AlphaServer systems customer quotes
» HP AlphaServer systems partner quotes
» HP trumpets new AlphaServer systems (internetnews.com)
» AlphaServer ES47 system
» AlphaServer ES80 system
» AlphaServer GS1280 system
» Next-generation AlphaServer system tour (video)
» HP AlphaServer systems outperform competition